When an indie film premieres at Sundance, it is pretty much destined for greatness. Dear White People has been on the lips of critics and audiences alike since it's debut last year. It won the coverted Special Jury Award for Breakthrough talent. Justin Simien, who wrote and directed the film, was compared to Spike Lee - only less angry, more intelligent and every bit as controversial.
Already our ears are lent to the trailer when Samantha White, played by Tessa Thompson sits in a radio station as the University disc jockey and says, “Dear white people, a minimum required amount of black friends to not appear racist has just been raised to two.” Does this grab our attention? Let’s just say that Simien appears to play the black race card more than once. But let’s be honest to say that we as a society are captivated by this subject matter and will end up laughing at the other comments involving the stereotypes of interracial relationships and more. “Dating a black man to piss off your parent’s is a form of racism.”
Our protagonist Samantha White is as if “Spike Lee and Oprah had a pissed of baby.” Our natural response is to unravel the chaos that unfolds amongst African American’s and the white students of Winchester, understand the stance of different races and what is actually socially acceptable. Dear White People is out in the fall and is a must see for indie lovers. One hopes you’ll be at the front of the cinema queue to enjoy a film of intellectual peachiness in a good way.