Pariah

Seed & Spark: What If?

Adepero Oduye in Pariah

It’s been a big season for African American cinema. With movies such as ’12 Years A Slave,’ ‘The Butler,’ ‘Fruitvale Station,’ and ‘Best Man Holiday,’ a shift was felt in audiences going to the movies that hasn’t been felt before. But what about a woman’s place in the realm of films starring women of color as protagonists?

Women of Color in Film and TV: ‘Pariah’

Pariah (2011), a film by Dee Rees Guest post written by Janyce Denise Glasper, originally published at Sugary Gingersnap. Cross posted with permission. An astounding, vibrant piece of finely weaved storytelling and thoughtfully spoken artistry, this independent film centers on Brooklyn high school teen, Alike (pronounced ah-lik-e) an exceptionally good student and aspiring poet from […]

LGBTQI Week: "I’m Not Running, I’m Choosing": ‘Pariah’ and Gender Performance

Warning: spoilers ahead!! “Who do you become if you can’t be yourself?” Pariah, my absolute favorite film of 2011, tackles that question.  Written and directed by Dee Rees and produced by Nekisa Cooper, the powerful Pariah tells the story of Alike (Adepero Oduye in an astounding performance), a 17-year-old black lesbian in Brooklyn. Studious, artistic […]

LGBTQI Week: Pariah

Pariah (2011) This review by Monthly Guest Contributor Carrie Nelson previously appeared at Bitch Flicks on January 25, 2012.  I enjoyed many films in 2011. All of my favorite films of the year, however, were the ones that unnerved me with their honesty, sticking in my thoughts long after the end credits rolled. One of […]

Women & Gender at the 2012 Indie Spirit Awards

(L-R): ‘Pariah’ Producer Nekisa Cooper & Writer/Director Dee Rees, winning John Cassavetes Award So I groaned the moment I discovered Seth Rogen was hosting the Independent Spirit Awards, which aired last Saturday night on IFC. I mean, after his shitshow appearance at the Golden Globes, making that sexual harassment comment to Kate Beckinsale on-stage, I’m […]

Indie Spirit Best Female Lead Nominee: Adepero Oduye in ‘Pariah’

In addition to Oduye’s Best Female Lead nomination, Pariah is also nominated for the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. The film has received numerous other nominations and awards.  This piece, by Carrie Nelson, first appeared at Bitch Flicks on January 25, 2012. Alike (Adepero Oduye) in Pariah I enjoyed many films in 2011. All of […]

2012 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards air Friday, February 17th In the midst of awards season, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with which awards are happening and when, and it’s easy to start thinking that the same movies/shows/actors/directors are being nominated for all the awards (for example, there are striking similarities between this year’s Academy and […]

Guest Writer Wednesday: Review – Pariah

Pariah (2011) This is a guest post from Carrie Nelson. I enjoyed many films in 2011. All of my favorite films of the year, however, were the ones that unnerved me with their honesty, sticking in my thoughts long after the end credits rolled. One of those films was Martha Marcy May Marlene, which I’ve […]

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

Stephanie’s Picks: Keira Knightley, Charlize Theron, Others Play Women on the Edge from the LA Times Iron Lady Falls to the Anna Quindlen Doctrine from Bloomberg Reel Grrls Rural Transportation Fund from IndieGogo Why Restyle Great Women of History as Cockamamie Feminist Role Models? from The Guardian Amber’s Picks: Letterman Comedian Booker Dropped After Comments […]

Preview: Pariah

Pariah (2011) Pariah, written and directed by Dee Rees, debuted this past January at Sundance, and Focus Features purchased distribution rights. The film is Rees’ feature debut, and centers around 17-year-old Alike, who is coming to terms with her sexuality and identity as a black lesbian. Gregory Ellwood describes Pariah: Based on a short film […]