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
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 »
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 »
So, Sam, how would you feel if someone started a "Dear Black People"?
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 »
Went into this hoping for the best, but was sadly disappointed. This kind of mockery would be called criminal if it was titled Dear Black People. Taking 5 years to write this, Simien obviously did no research into actual college campus life. It looks as if he was given carte blanche by the divisionist government agenda that keeps racism alive and well in this nation. None of the comedy is witty let alone remotely funny. The satire that liberal critics elude to is fairytale hate that no student in the past 50 years would even dream of doing. One critic even wrote, "A smart, hilarious satire of the Obama age." All actors in this movie are too talented for hate speech such as this. This is yet another attempt to separate people and ideals and set civil rights back to when Muslims first sold Africans to the Europeans. Seriously, people need to check themselves and get backbones for calling this funny, smart, or witty. Martin Luther King would be rolling in his grave if he knew his struggles for peace and equality culminated in this. Spike Lee, in all his divisionist hate, could not even remotely touch this absurd delusional myriad of vile hatred. Watch this as a warning of what's to come in the future of left wing agenda films.
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