2013, 108 minutes, color, U.S.A.
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent
At prestigious Winchester University, biracial student Samantha White begins her radio show, “Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man, Tyrone, doesn't count."
Sam becomes president of the all-black residential hall Parker/Armstrong, whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. TV reality show Black Face/White Place smells gold in Sam’s story and decides to follow it, rejecting the proposal of fellow black student Coco Conners, who pitched her show Doing Time at an Ivy League. The clamor over Sam's rise also becomes a career-defining opportunity for black misfit Lionel Higgins when he is asked to join the school’s lily-white newspaper staff to cover the controversy, even though he secretly knows little about black culture.
With tongue planted firmly in cheek, writer/director Justin Simien makes an auspicious debut with Dear White People, a witty and whip-smart satire about black militancy, postracial fantasies, and the commodification of blackness. Nothing is black and white in this playful portrait of race in contemporary America.
Director: Justin Simien
Screenwriter: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Lena Waithe
Executive Producers: Stephanie Allain-Bray, Leonid Lebedev
Cinematographer: Topher Osborn
Production Designer: Bruton Jones
Editor: Phillip Bartell
Costume Designer: Toye Adepipe
Principal Cast: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell