Poster for Dee Rees’ PARIAH

     September 6, 2011


Focus Features has released the fan-approved poster for Dee Rees’ Pariah.  Apparently unable to decide how to market a film about a black teenager trying to find love and hiding her lesbianism from her family, Focus allowed the Internet to be a free focus group.  Now the people have chosen and they’ve chosen pretty well.  It in no way conveys what the movie is about and but it’s got a good color scheme and the definition on the poster is how the film opens.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  I liked the film when I caught it at Sundance because it felt honest and managed to avoid most of the genre’s cliches and the unrelenting angst we normally see when a character tries to come to terms with their homosexuality.  Plus, Adepero Oduye’s performance is tremendous and I’m curious to see if Focus Features gives her an awards season push.  Pariah will play at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and will open in limited release on December 25th


Here’s the official synopsis for Pairah:

A rousing success at its Sundance world premiere, this deeply felt human drama is the feature debut for Ms. Rees. Adepero Oduye portrays Alike (pronounced “ah-lee-kay”), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. A gifted student, Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the support of her best friend Laura (Pernell Walker), she is especially eager to find a girlfriend. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity.


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