Winner, Sundance Film Festival, Excellence in Cinematography
14A, Mature theme.
Dir: Dee Rees, US, 2011, 86 min.
Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis.
In 2022, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” It is currently the most recent film chosen to be in the registry. “The film follows Alike, a black lesbian teenager growing up in the Bronx, attempting to explore her sexuality while living under the suffocating yoke of a distant father and a mother who has her head buried in the sand. Exhausted by living dual identities, will Alike’s new friendship with Bina, a neighbour who goes to the same school, allow her to finally reveal the truth about her sexuality to her family? Deep in its heart, Pariah is a story about both needing to accept who you are and the desire to find subsequent approval from the wider world. A coming-of-age story told from a perspective rarely seen it nevertheless taps into universal cinematic themes that provide the film with an all-inclusive emotional core.” —George Pursall, Blueprint