"Pariah" (2011) is a movie that made its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The contemporary drama is the feature-length expansion of writer and director Dee Rees' award-winning 2007 short film "Pariah." Spike Lee is among the feature's executive producers. At Sundance, cinematographer Bradford Young was honored with the U.S. Dramatic Competition Excellence in Cinematography Award.

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.

The cast includes Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell, Sahra Mellesse and Kim Wayans.

"Pariah" (2011) is a Northstar Pictures, and Sundial Pictures presentation in association with aid+abet, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and MBK Entertainment. Producer is Nekisa Cooper. The behind-the-scenes ceative team includes casting director Eyde Belasco, CSA, film editor Mako Kamitsuna, production designer Inbal Weinberg and cinematographer Bradford Young.


Genre: Drama
Runtime: 86 mins.
Release Date: December 28, 2011
Tagline: Who do you become when you can't be yourself?
Distributor: Focus Features
Production Companies:
Northstar Pictures
Sundial Pictures
Chicken & Egg Pictures
MBK Entertainment

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