In a recent Hollywood Reporter discussion on diversity in film, an important point was brought up about narratives featuring minority protagonists. Namely, the fact that these films often have to be about “the most amazing person of that race who’s ever lived” in order to be successful. White protagonists on the other hand, are allowed to be just regular people who “did a thing”. Director Patrick Gilles attempts to challenge this dichotomy however, with his second feature film "America is Still The Place", a biopic about a black everyman who fights for his small share of the proverbial American pie.
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