Around the time that Home was published, Morrison also debuted another work: She worked with opera director Peter Sellars and songwriter Rokia Traoré on a new production inspired by William Shakespeare 's Othello . The trio focused on the relationship between Othello's wife Desdemona and her African nurse, Barbary, in Desdemona , which premiered in London in the summer of 2012. That same year Morrison received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama .
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In 2013, Winfrey reflected on the film, saying: "To this day I ask myself, was it a mistake? Was it a mistake to not try and make [it] a more commercial film? To take some things out and tell the story differently so that it would be more palatable to an audience? Well, if you wanted to make a film that everybody would see, then that would be a mistake. But at the time, I was pleased with the film that we did because it represented to me the essence of the Beloved book." 
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 In his review, Stanley Crouch explicitly links the Holocaust and the slavery in Beloved , labelling it a ‘blackface Holocaust novel.’ (38)
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