Indie Film Alert: Pariah
This past weekend I watched the Independent Film, Pariah. It stars Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Charles Parnell and Kim Wayans. This film received amazing reviews and after watching it I now know why everyone was talking about it. It was a raw, gritty shot film that focused on the message of discovering who you and living that life.
So many people will be able to relate to this story because it deals with accepting yourself, and for the main character Alike (Oduye) is struggling with living her truth as a lesbian. Those struggles as a teen is then doubled with her mother (Wayans) not accepting her daughter. Add in more family drama thanks to her father (Walker) and you have a great film.
The film was shot to make the scenes appear real and in your face. The actors were all amazing and delivered flawless performances. Not to mention, the soundtrack during the film will pull you in as well. The theme of the movie can be concluded with this quote from the film, “I am not broken, I am free.”
This film won awards for a reason and I think this will make for great discussion on the topic of acceptance.
Pariah is the feature-length expansion of writer/director Dee Rees’ award-winning 2007 short film Pariah. Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur and younger sister Sharonda in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. Alike juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.
What movie did you watch this weekend?