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The Rachel Divide (2018)

TV-MA | | Documentary | 27 April 2018 (USA)
Rachel Dolezal becomes a social phenomenon when she passes herself off as an African American and becomes the head of her local N.A.A.C.P. chapter.


Laura Brownson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Dolezal ... Self - Former President NAACP, Spokane Washington
Franklin Dolezal ... Self - Rachel's Son
Izaiah Dolezal Izaiah Dolezal ... Self - Rachel's Son
Esther Dolezal Esther Dolezal ... Self - Rachel's Sister
Jeff Humphrey Jeff Humphrey ... Self - Local Television Reporter
Shawn Vestal Shawn Vestal ... Self - Local Journalist
Kitara Johnson Kitara Johnson ... Self - NAACP Member
Latoya Brackett Latoya Brackett ... Self - NAACP Member
Sandra Williams Sandra Williams ... Self - Local Journalist
Siobhan Abrams Siobhan Abrams ... Self - Rachel's Friend
Ezra Dolezal Ezra Dolezal ... Self - Rachel's Brother
Langston Dolezal Langston Dolezal ... Self - Rachel's Infant Son
Albert Wilkerson Albert Wilkerson ... Self - Father Figure
Ronnie Gladden Ronnie Gladden ... Self - Professor
Storms Reback Storms Reback ... Self - Co-Author


Rachel Dolezal became infamous when she was unmasked as a white woman living as the black head of her local N.A.A.C.P. chapter. Her unbelievable story issued a direct challenge to the sensitive topics of race and identity, while playing into the age of viral media. Whether she was hated or simply misunderstood, Dolezal touched a collective nerve in the racially charged contemporary, causing her to burst into the public consciousness. Filming exclusively with Dolezal, her sons, and her adoptive sister Esther, documentarian Laura Brownson delves into the motivations and personal life of this divisive and controversial figure; in doing so, she explores the troubled past that has informed Dolezal's confusing present and uncertain future. Executive produced by Academy Award®-winner Roger Ross Williams, The Rachel Divide is a fully realized portrait of a life more complex than any tabloid would lead its readers to believe. The film demands the question: Is Dolezal truly "trans-black," as ...

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Franklin: All my mom did is say she was black and people just lost their minds
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Well Worth Watching

I agree with everything the first 5 reviewers already said, especially the third reviewer (Shaun V) . This documentary shows so much more to the story than what the headlines told. It shows a real person struggling as a mother, a sister and as a human. If you can allow yourself to really watch this and keep open minded to her staunch childhood, her adopted siblings childhood and her obviously unresolved issues, then the compassionate part of you can possibly see why she chose to go the route she did. That's not to say she couldn't benefit from professional help to work through the deep seeded causes, but this documentary brings to the light the actual human behind the headlines.

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