MN Exclusive: Director Dee Rees & Kim Wayans Talk “Pariah”

December 28, 2011  |  

By now you’ve probably heard some of the hype behind the independent short turned feature film “Pariah.”(You might have even heard about it here.) Well, I, along with another Madame Noire editor, had a chance to see an advanced screening of this movie back in September. Even though we saw the film months ago, it’s a story that sticks with you. Shortly after the screening we had the opportunity to tape into one of the masterminds behind the film, director Dee Rees.

After seeing a group of what Rees describes as “out and proud” teenagers in Brooklyn, she started thinking about her own story and how she lacked  confidence and self awareness when she first came out as a lesbian. This thought eventually turned into the subject for Rees’ senior thesis for NYU’s film school.

“Pariah” is a coming of age story for a black, lesbian teenager growing up in Brooklyn, New York. The lead character Alike, played by actress Adepero Oduye, deals with expressing her sexual identity, fighting to maintain a relationship with her mother Audrey, played by Kim Wayans, and finding herself as a woman.

Rees who has stated that the movie is largely autobiographical spoke with Madame Noire about what inspired the film, her own story and what she wants audiences to learn.

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  • Allyce

    Pass. There’s too much of this propaganda around.

  • Carrissheri

    I would LOVE to see this movie. I’ve been keeping an eye out since i found out about Pariah during this past summer. Unfortunately, they’re not playing in my city…

  • Getit!

    Don’t go see everything touted as an artistic masterpiece. Sometimes it’s just a sick twisted piece of trash. I was all happy and bubbly that Friday afternoon I went to see Precious based on Tyler Perry’s and Oprah’s recommendations. Boy, was I fooled. I needed a serious pick me up after that. I NEVER want to see that film again.

    • guest

      LMAO!!! Yeah that is not a film I will ever need to see twice. It went way tooooooo deep into that world and never pulled out. The author wrote the continuation to Precious that was seven times worse than Precious. I’m like, damn do you ever have a good day. Sheeesh!!

  • L-Boogie

    I want to see this film. 

  • Guest Who

    I’m going to see it tonight in Hollywood, cant wait! 

  • Shauntee

    I would love to see this movie but unfortunately its a limited release and I can’t find any theatre near me that this movie is showing. It started today 🙁

  • Ldceruti

    Looking forward to seeing this film. Glad to see Kim Wayans working and especially in a dramatic role. Kudos!

  • IllyPhilly

    This needs to hurry up already!