Dear White People
(USA, 2014, 106 mins, DCP)
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
Editor: Phillip Bartell
Music: Kathryn Bostic
Cast: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell
Samantha White is a bold young student at the prestigious Winchester University who wants change and is not afraid to provoke it. Tired of the empty gestures and the phony platitudes other students offer the administration in the name of diversity, Samantha walks the ornery talk she gives on her radio show, Dear White People
, by running for president of the all-black residence hall. If only everyone could keep up with her politics.
Justin Simien's prize-winning directorial debut is a satirical look at campus life and racial identity in a "post-racial" America. An ensemble cast of rising star talents, including Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris and Brandon Bell, makes the political very, very personal.