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Dear White People (2014)

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The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

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A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. Written by Anonymous

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A satire about being a black face in a white place

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Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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$347,959 (USA) (17 October 2014)

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$4,404,154 (USA) (23 January 2015)
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The theme of the frat party exhibiting blatant racism, parallels the Martin Luther King Day celebration that took place at Arizona State University in January 2014. See more »

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When Sam is in the dining hall and chastises Kurt for eating in their dining hall - just before she stands up; she closes her Macbook twice. See more »

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Gabe: I'm trying to be here for you!
Sam White: Can you be somewhere *else* for me?
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The end credits include photographs of the real-life blackface (and brownface) college parties that inspired the film's climax. See more »

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References Roots (1977) See more »

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Written by Kilo Kish (as Kish Robinson) and Starslinger
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Doesn't Deliver on Promising Trailer
31 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am glad that this film addresses the important issue of racism on college campuses, and I have no disagreement with its political or social justice messages. Any sincere attempt by a filmmaker to make these experiences visible to the broader public is a good thing.

As a white educator who actually attended and later taught at top- tier colleges, I had been looking forward to experiencing a new sharp creative critique of American racism on college campuses as promised by the film's trailer.

This film utterly failed in its attempts to entertain or provoke. It did not provide me even with the typical pleasures of cinema, let alone fresh insight into its subject. It was little more than a leaden slow-moving soap opera with a contrived plot, oddly dressed characters and unconvincing dialogue. In my experience of elite campuses, it is the rare Ivy student (of any race) who routinely dresses like a junior business executive and uses this sort of pretentious speech pattern. Watching this film was like watching a Western in which all the characters had British accents and wore kimonos.

For readers who seek moving and insightful films on racism, I highly recommend Spike Lee "joints" which provide viewers with superior entertainment, dialogue, characters, plot, provocation and insight.


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