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The Rachel Divide (2018)

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.

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Laura Brownson
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Credited cast:
Siobhan Abrams Siobhan Abrams ... Herself
Esther Dolezal Esther Dolezal ... Himself
Izaiah Dolezal Izaiah Dolezal ... Himself
Rachel Dolezal Rachel Dolezal ... Herself
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czarno-biała historia Rachel Dolezal See more »

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Franklin: All my mom did is say she was black and people just lost their minds
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The woman has some serious issues
30 April 2018 | by bettycjungSee all my reviews

4/30/18. Despite what you think about Rachel Dolezal, this documentary is worth watching. The viewer gets a chance to see her for who she is - a very messed up person. Despite all the facts that attest to her white heritage, her perception of herself is to self-identify as being racially black. By the end of the documentary, it seems she will continue to self-identify as being black despite how this would affect her two biracial sons. What this film does raise, but only peripherally, is how different is this from those who self-identify as being trans? It's amazing how vocal black women were about what Dolezal is doing as being fraudulent. Yet those who feel they were born with the wrong genitals can go mainstream, even to the point of changing their birth certificates regarding their sex (just like Dolezal does to her son's birth certificate about her racial identity). To me, it's the same problem. People who are unhappy with what they are born with needs to deal with dysmorphia, whether it's racial or gender dysmorphia. She definitely needs some serious counseling.


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