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Pariah

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(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: R — for sexual content and language
  • Director: Dee Rees   Cast: Kim Wayans, Stephanie Andujar, Nina Daniels, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
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Genre

Drama

Producer

Nekisa Cooper

Distributor

Focus Features

Release Date

Dec 28, 2011

Release Notes

NY/LA/SF

Official Website

Review

One of the rare coming-out films centered around a female character, Rees’s raw, highly compelling, partially autobiographical full-length directorial debut follows Alike (Adepero), a middle-class young black lesbian discovering her sexuality in Fort Greene. Wayans turns in a heartbreaking performance as the conflicted mother and Walker is excellent as Alike’s ultra-butch best friend, but the film belongs to newcomer Adepero in the main role.

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