What American Fiction teaches us about mental health with Dr. Jennifer Noble

54m | May 3, 2024

In this episode of Film for Impact, I'm thrilled to be joined by my friend Dr. Jennifer Noble, a psychologist and educator specializing in marginalized communities. Together, we dive deep into the compelling film 'American Fiction' and its profound impact.

Follow the journey of a frustrated novelist professor whose satirical book gets mistaken for serious literature by white publishers. Our conversation navigates through intricate themes of identity, depression, and societal pressure to conform to stereotypes.

We explore the critical need for authentic representation in cinema, advocating for more diverse narratives. We tackle the daunting dilemma faced by artists: creating commercially successful work versus pursuing personal fulfillment.

Venturing into the challenges of portraying genuine experiences on screen, we confront the necessity to challenge stereotypes on all levels.

Our dialogue also delves into the complexities of internalized racism and the profound influence of media representation. As we dissect the film's conclusion, we unravel its multi-layered and thought-provoking nature, leaving listeners with profound insights and food for thought.

Connect with Dr. Jennifer Noble


IG: @drjennpsych


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Dija Renuka is an actress, filmmaker, educator, and creator who tells stories to inspire audiences to connect with themselves, take divine action, and spark change in the world. For the past two decades she has been working in multi-media content creation but where she shines is creating original content through a social impact entertainment lens. For the past two decades she has been creating and teaching art programs to underserved youth. She holds a BA in theater and Biomechanics and a Master’s in Social Practice Art. She is currently working on her faith-based feature film called Coffee Beans and Love. Learn more at

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