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Dear White People (2014)

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The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

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A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. Written by Anonymous

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A satire about being a black face in a white place

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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4 December 2014 (Brazil)  »

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Cara Gente Branca  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$347,959, 17 October 2014, Limited Release

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$4,404,154, 25 January 2015
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Sam makes a student film that is critical of what she sees as white people's widespread fear of Barack Obama and titles it "Rebirth of a Nation." This is a reference not only to D.W. Griffith's notoriously racist 1915 Civil War movie The Birth of a Nation (1915) but also to something that filmmaker Spike Lee experienced while he was a first-year student at NYU's graduate film school. After being required to watch Griffith's film and objecting to the fact that his professors taught it only as a milestone in the technical development of cinema with no attention paid to its racism and its legacy of helping to relaunch the KKK, Lee made a student short film titled The Answer (1980) that responded to The Birth of a Nation himself. "The Answer" so offended many of his NYU professors that Lee was nearly expelled from NYU, but was ultimately saved by a faculty vote. See more »

Goofs

The flame on the candle in Sam's room on Halloween night is static, revealing that it is fake. See more »

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Professor Bodkin: ...Might I also remind you that I read your entire fifteen-page unsolicited treatise on why the Gremlins is actually about suburban white fear of black culture.
Sam White: The Gremlins are loud, talk in slang, are addicted to fried chicken and freak out when you get their hair wet.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits include photographs of the real-life blackface (and brownface) college parties that inspired the film's climax. See more »

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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Written and Performed by Thomas Mansur
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Dear Brown People...
17 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Dear Brown People...Yes, I see I have already offended some people with this title. I made myself set through the whole monotonous film trying to something out of it. It just didn't happen. It was like an after-school special that was an hour too long. I believe Justin Simien had to create this movie to remove some pent-up emotion from some traumatic racial episode he has had in the past. I am giving it a 3 only because I am feeling in a generous mood today. I believe Rodney King could have created a movie called 'Can't We all Just Get Along' and it would have been ten times more entertaining than this depiction of racial hatred. I had a bad feeling those who were not singing 'Follow the drinking gourd' in the theater might be escorted out...


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