Pariah is a 2011 American contemporary drama film written and directed by Dee Rees. It tells the story of Alike (Adepero Oduye), a 17-year old African-American teenager embracing her identity as a lesbian. It premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Excellence in Cinematography Award.
The film is a feature-length expansion of writer/director Dee Rees’ award-winning 2007 short film Pariah. Spike Lee is one of the executive producers. Filming took place in and around New York City predominantly in the Fort Greene neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Pariah premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Excellence in Cinematography Award. The film will also show at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2011.
Pariah has received overall positive critical acclaim, with the film having a 96% "Fresh" rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes based on 92 reviews. The website reported the critical consensus, "Pulsing with authenticity and led by a stirring lead performance from Adepero Oduye, Pariah is a powerful coming out/coming-of-age film that signals the arrival of a fresh new talent in writer/director Dee Rees."
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