The downside of doing a multi-protagonist movie is that you don't get to service each character as you would if they were the central protagonist of the movie.

Justin Simien

Justin Simien

Profession: Film Director
Nationality: American

Some suggestions for you :

I want the Latino 'Do the Right Thing' to happen. I want filmmakers whose voices are not represented to get a shot.

I think I have a threshold for taking things too seriously.

One of the things that I love about Robert Altman's movies is that, really, a Robert Altman movie is just a bunch of short films about various people told at the same time.

Films with predominantly white casts can come in any form, tell any story, big or small. For black films, you have the light, fluffy rom-coms or 'Madea' movies, and then you have the black-torture awards movie.

There can't be reverse racism against a group that is not at a disadvantage.

Racism is systemic: It's oppression that's built into the laws, legislation, into the way neighborhoods are policed, and into job opportunities and health care and education.

Everyone is very aware that, not only do we have a race problem, but it's so pervasive that it affects national and global politics on a scale that I don't think a lot of people imagined.

I talk about being a 'what' to people. Like, being gay in mainstream society is a different kind of 'what' than being black. They don't always jive. It's confusing and leads to these really awkward personal stories that have just been in me for awhile.

One of the most powerful lessons I learned is when you make an argument in a film, you have to make sure both characters are right.

I think we all have identity crises throughout our lives.

You can't get along in society without an identity.

I often have to play a role to get what I want in my life. At the same time, I can't do that without also nourishing who I really am and being aware of my true self and the ways in which I'm not bound by my race or sexual orientation or class or country or whatever.

The Black Lives Matter movement has spawned all kinds of activism.

The way Hollywood and TV is, black people don't have any choice but to see ourselves in white-dominated television shows and stories and movies.