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This film was last shown on 22 February 2024

Adapted from the 2001 novel Erasure by Percival Everett, American Fiction is Cord Jefferson's hilariously dark directorial debut, which confronts and satirises our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes.

Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who is fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes.

To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.


Cord Jefferson
1 hour 57 minutes
Jeffrey Wright, John Oritz, Tracee Ellis Ross


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