Seldom do I see my image anywhere, and certainly not portrayed in non-stereotypical and non-heterosexist ways on the silver screen. But Dee Rees' semi-autobiographical Pariah gives me a glimpse of my younger self growing up in Brooklyn.
I didn't have the courage to sit down and talk to my parents about my deepest fears and joys about my relationships with women, but I knew Pariah could be a powerful tool to humanize and contextualize that struggle.
Pariah is writer/director Dee Rees' debut feature film, based on her award-winning 2007 short film of the same name. In Pariah, Alike, beautifully played by Adepero Oduye, is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian.