Dear White People has been touring the festival circuit for some time now, and collecting rave reviews along the way, and the satire will finally be making its theatrical debut this October.
The film’s producer Justin Simien, wrote up an intelligent, interesting summary of his vision behind the piece, which definitely feels like a Spike Lee film for the new generation:
A satire about being a black face in a very white place.
Remember when Black movies didn’t necessarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No? Damn…
Well believe it or not there was a time when “Black Art-House” was a thing. When movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In Da Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn’t before.
The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back.
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.
“This film isn’t about “white racism”, or racism at all. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE is about identity. It’s about the difference between how the mass culture responds to a person because of their race and who they understand themselves to truly be. And this societal conflict appears to be one that many share.”
– Justin Simien
Below is the trailer for the film:
Dear White People is set to hit theaters in limited release October 17th.
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