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Most of the films we selected have sparked discussion due to their depictions of violence against African-Americans. From cries that Django violated the historical memory of slavery by introducing the fictive Mandingo fights, to claims that 12 Years a Slave scared off potential viewers with its insistence to portray in graphic ways the violence endured, the quality of these films have been debated by critics, and the public, alike. In this section, we ask and analyze just what these portrayals of violence add, or in some cases subtract, from the overall purpose of the films.


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Django Unchained: Anti-History Overflowing

12 Years a Slave: Psychological Violence 

The Help: Verbal Violence

Cloud Atlas: The More We Change…

Lincoln: Not Another War Movie


How to cite this project: Sasha Panaram, Hannah Rogers, Thayne Stoddard. “Contemporary Film and the Black Atlantic.” Deeps, (Accessed on Date)

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