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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.

Director:

Laura Brownson
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Cast

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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Documentary

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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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1.85 : 1
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Franklin: All my mom did is say she was black and people just lost their minds
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Very confused woman!
1 May 2018 | by misscath-54378See all my reviews

I had a hard time getting through this documentary. Usually I can find ways to find something likable about a main character but try as I might, I couldn't come up with any likability for this woman.She seems very cold and detached. I felt bad she had such a horrible childhood, which is why she identifies with being black, although I'm still unsure about that. I am not black, but if I were, I would resent her lies. She cannot know how a black person experiences discrimination or have a sense of an ancestry. As far as black being a social construct, I have never heard of anything so stupid. Just my opinion. I think she needs therapy to try to heal herself, instead of passing herself off as something she is not.


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