Mary J. Blige, left, and Carey Mulligan in "Mudbound."
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Perhaps it's a sign of the times that, after seeing an epic story as poetically told as Dee Rees' "Mudbound," feelings of awe and admiration are quickly replaced with frustration that Hollywood hasn't traditionally embraced the artistic visions of people who aren't white and male.The drama begins when Henry McAllan (Jason Clarke) moves his family from Memphis to Mississippi to make his farming dreams come true. The Jacksons are their neighbors, sharecroppers who've tended the land for generations and dream of owning a piece.It's just as painful to see Ronsel, in his military uniform decorated with medals, quietly take a seat in the "colored" section of the bus as it is to see him confronted by racists in town.In her dozen years behind the camera, Rees has told stories about people whose lives might have remained unseen had she not brought them to the screen. In a country and world as diverse as ours, there are countless experiences and perspectives to be shared, and not all of them belong to white men.
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