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Quentin Tarantino defends depiction of slavery in Django Unchained

Tarantino was speaking to an audience of Bafta members and critics after the first UK screening of Django Unchained on Thursday night, which sees former slave Django Freeman (played by Jamie Foxx) team up with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to find and rescue his enslaved wife.

"We all intellectually 'know' the brutality and inhumanity of slavery," Tarantino said, "but after you do the research it's no longer intellectual any more, no longer just historical record – you feel it in your bones. It makes you angry, and want to do something … I'm here to tell you, that however bad things get in the movie, a lot worse shit actually happened."

"When slave narratives are done on film, they tend to be historical with a capital H, with an arms-length quality to them. I wanted to break that history-under-glass aspect, I wanted to throw a rock through that glass and shatter it for all times, and take you into it."

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