Pariah (2011)

Pariah Synopsis

Adepero Oduye, who had earlier starred in the short film, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura (Pernell Walker), Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague’s daughter, Bina (Aasha Davis), Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

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Third Pariah Poster

Third Pariah Poster

Focus Features has unveiled this fan-created poster for Dee Rees' indie drama, announcing a December 25 release date.
Pariah Acquired by Focus Features

Pariah Acquired by Focus Features

Adepero Oduye stars in Dee Rees' Sundance drama about a young woman who isn't sure she should tell her family that she is a lesbian.
Sundance Film Festival Announces 2011 Line-Up

Sundance Film Festival Announces 2011 Line-Up

115 films will screen at the festival, which runs from January 20th to January 30th in Park City, Utah.
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