A satirical, hip and pointedly funny film, Dear White People follows four black people at a predominantly white Ivy League University and the culture war that breaks out between the host of a controversial radio show “Dear White People” and the university’s humour magazine when they organise a black-face Halloween party. The debut feature film by writer/director Justin Simien, Dear White People premiered to substantial acclaim at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award. Simien has been described as a Spike Lee for the new generation and his film serves as both a vital and illuminating commentary on race relations and casually upends the stereotypical portrayal of black people on screen we are usually faced with.
Dear White People’s release woes have bought into focus the struggle to get stories about and by black people into cinemas – the journey to UK exhibition has been a long and arduous one, until the New Black Film Collective jumped in to take on the role of distributor for the first time. Though its theatrical release is limited, Dear White People is a film that deserves to be more widely seen and is likely to be embraced by the community cinema sector, which has a long history of supporting diverse titles and important stories.
Cinema For All is proud to be able to offer Dear White People for DVD bookings now.
With thanks to the New Black Film Collective.