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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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... Lionel Higgins
... Samantha White
... Kurt Fletcher
... Colandrea 'Coco' Conners
... Troy Fairbanks
... Sofia Fletcher
... Gabe
... Reggie
... Helmut West
... Dean Fairbanks
... President Fletcher
... George
... Annie (as Katie Gaulke)
Brian James ... Martin
... Mitch
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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4 December 2014 (Brazil)  »

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Cara Gente Branca  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$347,959, 17 October 2014, Limited Release

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$4,404,154, 25 January 2015
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Sam makes a student film that is critical of what she sees as white people's widespread fear of Barack Obama and titles it "Rebirth of a Nation." This is a reference not only to D.W. Griffith's notoriously racist 1915 Civil War movie The Birth of a Nation (1915) but also to something that filmmaker Spike Lee experienced while he was a first-year student at NYU's graduate film school. After being required to watch Griffith's film and objecting to the fact that his professors taught it only as a milestone in the technical development of cinema with no attention paid to its racism and its legacy of helping to relaunch the KKK, Lee made a student short film titled The Answer (1980) that responded to The Birth of a Nation himself. "The Answer" so offended many of his NYU professors that Lee was nearly expelled from NYU, but was ultimately saved by a faculty vote. 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: So, Sam, how would you feel if someone started a "Dear Black People"?
Sam White: No need. Mass media from Fox News to reality TV on VH1 makes it clear what white people think of us.
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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 The Real Housewives of Atlanta (2008) See more »

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Is it about the student politics or racism?
14 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Actually, I don't understand this film, I mean the story, what it intended to tell us. Maybe it's for Americans only. I thought it could be some underrated cool comedy, but what I just saw was definitely not expected. I kind of felt it was a student politics and if it stayed like that way I would have had no problem. But they said it is a comedy and I did not get any, in between it became a racism thing. I never understood this American racism, why they're making it so complicated. Especially the condition of the US is not looking good right now and this film pours a more oil to it. I'm neither white nor black or an American, and sorry I did not find it a good film. Even more, I don't get, how a television series is getting ready to follow-up it. So no offense for those who liked it, seems I'm in a wrong place. I just rated and reviewed what I felt it deserves, other than that I'm not against the film. I'm out of here!

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