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Underground Railroad Drama Freedom Is More Interested in Jesus Than Slavery

2 June 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Using a slavery narrative to advance an unrelated agenda is pretty tasteless, bordering on offensive. The product of an "inspirational" production house, a white director, and an Asian-American screenwriter who once wrote a film that was actually called Fakin' Da Funk, Freedom expunges the real histories of millions of people by elevating the consolation of religion above the actual experience of enslavement. But more broadly, any kind of didacticism just kills art, like product placements on TV shows. A narrative of the Underground Railroad, the film is practically a musical — the characters frequently burst into hymns from a variety of early American religious traditions, in styles refined and rural. It seems unlikely that during secret smuggling jo »

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