“Dear white people” sounds a voice over the campus radio at the fictitious Ivy-league school Winchester University, addressing its white students in a blatant and biting attack on prejudiced and racist behaviour. Alluding to the notorious, race-mocking frat-parties of recent years »Dear White People« centres its plot on on-campus riots provoked by white students throwing an Afro-American themed party.

Justin Simien’s satire takes a head-on approach to the complexities still stifling black identity in America. »Dear White People« also pokes at Hollywood at large, asking why black representation is so often restricted to the hardships of the underprivileged. As a counterweight »Dear White People« focuses on four Afro-American students who are allowed to be individuals in a seriously witty and wittily serious comedy, self-reflexively shredding the shackles and uniforms of last year’s »12 Years a Slave« and »The Butler«.

»Dear White People« was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Title
Dear White People
Director
Justin Simien
Country
USA
Length
108 min
Festival
2014
Section
American Independents
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2014
Original title
Dear White People
Cast
Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell, Dennis Haysbert
Producer
Effie T Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Justin Simien, Lena Waithe
Script
Justin Simien
Music
Kathryn Bostic
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