Diaspora Cinema: Django Unchained


Django Unchained

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington
Release Date: 25 December 2012 (USA and Canada)


Django is a slave living in the Deep South after having been separated from his wife Broomhilda. When Django is held for a slave auction, Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter, frees Django from his vicious masters, the Speck brothers and gives him the option of hunting down and killing the Brittle Brothers, a ruthless gang of killers whom only Django has seen. In return, Schultz will free Django from slavery completely and help rescue Broomhilda from the plantation of the charming but ruthless Francophile owner, Calvin Candie.

Fun Facts:
  • Development on Django Unchained began in 2007, when Quentin Tarantino, speaking with The Daily Telegraph discussed an idea for a form of spaghetti western set in America’s Deep South which he called “a southern”, stating that he wanted “to do movies that deal with America’s horrible past with slavery and stuff but do them like spaghetti westerns, not like big issue movies. I want to do them like they’re genre films, but they deal with everything that America has never dealt with because it’s ashamed of it, and other countries don’t really deal with because they don’t feel they have the right to”.
  • Lead actor Jamie Foxx says about the movie, “This movie is really going land heavy. It’s the first Western that acknowledges slavery. In dealing with the slavery aspect of it, for Black Americans — for our education on what it is — it’s really going to land sincere.”
  • Kerry Washington actually took the lashings of the whip (which was not a real bullwhip but still had an impact). She said, “We’ve never dealt with the brutality of this part of American history in this way. And it’s one thing to not even want to talk about it, but to actually have to see it — to go there — has been hard.”