Dear White People (2014)

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Dear White People (2014)
  • Time: 100 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Director: Justin Simien
  • Cast: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Kyle Gallner

Storyline:

A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.

One review

  • When a film is as brave, bold and bracing as Justin Simien’s Dear White People, infractions such as a slack middle section and overly schematic plotting can be willingly overlooked and forgiven. This is a film that addresses race, class, and culture; a dissection on the complexities of black identity in an America where racism is supposedly dead and gone. It’s inciting and insightful, articulate and anarchic, and tremendously funny to boot.

    The film opens with news reports of a race war that has erupted at the prestigious (and fictional) Winchester University. The cause: an African-American-themed Halloween party organised by predominantly white students. Lest one think that such egregiously insensitive incidents are the stuff of fiction, one only need wait for the end credits to view the roll call of real-life campuses whose students have donned blackface or worn gangsta gear propped with guns, watermelons, and fried chicken. The media and university’s donor base are up in arms, calling for the resignation of Dean Fairbanks (Dennis Haysbert), an African scholar installed as the dean specifically to address diversity issues within the campus body.

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