Dear White People
African History Month - New Release
USA 2014, 108 min, Dir: Justin Simien
  • Friday February 13, 2015 at 9:15PM
  • Saturday February 14, 2015 at 4:15PM
  • Monday February 16, 2015 at 7:00PM
  • Monday February 16, 2015 at 9:30PM

The depressing number of race-mocking frat parties in recent years becomes the jumping-off point for a snarky but good-humored cultural debate in Dear White People. Bolstered by an excellent cast, the film takes satirical aim at a rarefied sphere of African-American experience, unfolding on a fictitious Ivy League campus that becomes a sort of elite microcosm of present-day race relations. The African-American students at Winchester U. have no shortage of influence, opportunity and social/intellectual mobility, but they’re still forced to deal with outsider assumptions and, no less important, their own preconceptions of how they should behave. Bristling with arguments about the complexities of African-American identity in a supposedly post-racial America, this lively and articulate campus-set comedy … heralds a fresh and funny new voice on the scene in writer-director Justin Simien and expounds the thesis that a person’s identity is far too fluid and contradictory to squeeze into a narrow mould. (Justin Chang, Variety)

Presented by Marker Magazine

FILM ARTICLE "It’s a racial roller-coaster in which the conflicts, rivalries and cultural differences are now elevated to a form of power politics.” Owen Gleiberman, BBC

Rating: 14A (14A)
  • Coarse Language

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