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Sundance Women’s News – Pariah Premieres

Sundance Women's News - Pariah Premieres

First up on opening night was the coming of age story Pariah written and directed by Dee Rees. Here’s the description: “A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.”

The LA Times reports that it got a standing ovation and was instantly compared to Boys Don’t Cry and Precious. This film has been on a long journey. It started out as a short. It was in Netflix’ Find Your Voice competition.

I have been so impressed with Dee and producer Nekisa Cooper’s use of social media to help raise money and awareness for the film. While they are on the ground they will be live streaming and posting pieces on After Ellen. Here’s one early reaction to the film.


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Mooving! Whenever I see another Black woman filmmaker I get very attentive to her work, and her own words about it. A “desperate search for expression” is, actually, something that keep my own filmmaking evolving… aginst all odds. As I came to agree with a friend Prod, who said I should not focus in what separates me from the rest of the filmmakers community, I can’t explain how good it is to see someone more or less like me, out there. Is it sexism or racism or any other ism that makes Rees’ Film so appealing to me, as a Black Woman Director? Or is identity among all universal Human Rights? Anyway… I hope her Film makes it to Brazilian theaters soon. So when my fitting in coolness fails me, I’d have something to relate to. Congratulations to the whole team!

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