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Pariah

Dee Rees / United States / 2011 / 86 ' / English

Credits

Mako Kamitsuna
Dee Rees
Bradford Young
Tamar-kali
Nekisa Cooper
Production Designer: Inbal Weinberg
Executive Producer: Spike Lee

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Awards & Festivals

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2011
GLAAD Outstanding Film Award, 2012

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This fiction film explores the trials and tribulations of a young black woman realizing her lesbian identity.

Synopsis

Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay) is a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school.

Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura, Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague’s daughter, Bina, Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with.

Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

 

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