Indie film Dear White People is a “satire about being a black face in a white place,” set at a prestigious university. As director Justin Simien’s debut feature, Dear White People won a Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Every trailer I’ve seen for it ends up being hilarious, thought-provoking, and informative all at the same time – and now, the film has released three new clips to drum up even more anticipation. Check out the clips below, and read further for what Simien has to say about his film.
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