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
Producer Lena Waithe and writer-director Justin Simien met in a scriptwriter's group. Despite the fact that the script was over 200 pages long, Waithe was so impressed with Simien's writing that she told him if he could figure out a way to streamline the script she would produce it, despite having never produced a film before. See more »
The flame on the candle in Sam's room on Halloween night is static, revealing that it is fake. See more »
[Gabe and Sam are locked in Sam's room arguing]
I'm sorry if I can't be your Nubian Prince on my black horse ready to take you back to fucking Zamunda.
That's not a real African country.
Can I at least get a little credit for a solid 'Coming to America' reference? This isn't you Sam.
No? And who am I?
You're this girl...
Who likes to argue with me about *every fucking thing.* And I hate it because we both know you're smarter than me. Your favorite director is Bergman. But you tell ...
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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 »
A supreme case of wasted opportunity to make a difference.
I watched,with great pain,the pitifully biased and nonsensical film that attempted to elevate the discourse on real racism and its presence in our world. Well funded and full of passion,it simply shows whites as the worst people,ever. The black people in the film,ironically,came off just one half a notch less awful. Im a glass half full type,so I have more optimism than the cynic that penned this thing,but the answer to this problem is NOT to write a film that portrays whites as whiskey drinking KKK types with greasy hair and hate in their hearts. The only answer is truth. Pursue it. This is NOT the truth. Just a slant.
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