Alike is a chameleon, disappearing in the light of her surroundings — purple in the club, green on the bus, pink at home — only ever showing you her profile when she’s forced to be less than her authentic self.
The fact is most of the films about us — and especially the films by us — do not get the attention they deserve. But nobody is better equipped to tell our stories than we are.
Your time has come, Hinterlands!
Laura’s Team Pick: Pariah is making waves all over the Internet
“I remember holding my breath during pivotal scenes in the movie. I wondered nervously if my brother saw then the direct parallels to his own sister’s life.”
Your favorite fictional queer ladies of the year, from a very unscientific survey.
“Pariah” is the first mainstream American film about an African-American lesbian, and it’s really fucking good. You can watch our interview videos and read some words about it inside this post.
“Alike is a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents and younger sister in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian.”
Focus Features picks up “Pariah” for six figures, which means there’s a really good chance you will actually be able to see it! Like — in the theater even. (!!!)
“Pariah is a feature film about a Brooklyn teenager who juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. “