Directed by Kobi Libii

By Dwight

A young biracial African-American artist, Aren (Justice Smith), faces rejection at an art gallery as his yarn sculptures remain unsold. Encouraged by the gallery owner, he approaches a potential buyer but is mistaken for a waiter. Roger (David Alan Grier), an African-American bartender, empathizes with Aren’s plight.

Feeling disheartened, Aren discards his artwork and encounters a drunk woman who accuses him of theft, leading to a confrontation. Roger intervenes and suggests a barbecue restaurant to ease tensions.

Roger introduces Aren to The American Society of Magical Negroes, aiming to appease white individuals. Aren witnesses’ historical acts of reassurance by Black men. Under Roger’s guidance, Aren helps a shy white police officer gain confidence.

A chance encounter with Lizzie (An-Li Bogan), a woman of mixed heritage, sparks feelings in Aren. Assigned to reassure a depressed white colleague at Meetbox, a social media platform, Aren discovers racial recognition flaws.  Despite growing friendship with Lizzie, Aren learns of Meetbox’s superficial diversity policies. Roger advises him to prioritize boosting Jason’s career and love life.

During a global broadcast of Meetbox’s diversity policies, Aren disrupts the presentation, asserting his right to belong without apology. Expelled from the Society, Aren’s defiance triggers a rebellion.

Reuniting with Lizzie, Aren finds happiness in Los Angeles. Lizzie hints at her own magical society.  This film is not everyone’s cup of tea, you’ll either love it or hate it.

BONUS FEATURES:

SECRET SOCIETY MEMBERS

Cast converse about their roles and discuss the journey their characters took throughout the film.

CRAFTING A MAGICAL SOCIETY

Step through the secret entrance and see what goes into creating a magical society. Hear from cast and crew on the production design, wardrobe, and cinematography involved in crafting the fantastical world.

SPEAKING YOUR TRUTH

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAGICAL NEGROES might blend humor with romance, but the topic of race is at the forefront of the film. Filmmakers and cast share the importance of the narrative and the impact telling this story had on them personally.

FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR / WRITER / PRODUCER KOBI LIBII