I had the pleasure of checking out one of the most critically acclaimed indie films ever, recently.
Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety’s annual “10 Directors to Watch.”
The movie’s protagonist, Sam White, played by Tessa Thompson, is biting, sarcastic, provocative and completely endearing in how she deals with being a mixed kid in a black and white world, navigating who she is and what she wants to stand for.
Many of things she said,
Dear White People, the minimum requirement of black friends needed to not seem racist has been raised to two.
Dear White People, please stop touching my hair. Does this look like a petting zoo to you?
has crossed my mind on so many occasions as an African American female on a predominately white college campus that I felt like the movie wasn’t just written to hold a mirror to race relations in America, but it was written for students and alumni like me who had to navigate the toils of being a black face in a white place.
Do yourself a favor and go see Dear White People. Whether black, white, Latino, or Asian, this movie has a great cast, mentally stimulating dialogue, and incredible satire. Check out the trailer below and be sure to go see it in theaters today!