Dee Rees

Pariah

Pariah

The path to living as one’s authentic self is paved with trials and tribulations in this revelatory, assured feature debut by Dee Rees—the all-too-rare coming-of-age tale to honestly represent the experiences of queer Black women. Grounded in the fine-grained specificity and deft characterizations of Rees’s script and built around a beautifully layered performance from Adepero Oduye, Pariah follows Brooklyn teenager Alike, who is navigating the emotional minefields of first love and heartache and the disapproval of her family as she expresses her gender and sexual identities within a system that does not make space for them. Achieving an aching intimacy with its subject through the expressive cinematography of Bradford Young, this deeply felt portrait finds strength in vulnerability and liberation in letting go.

Film Info

  • United States
  • 2011
  • 86 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #1083

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 2K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between director Dee Rees and filmmaker and professor Michelle Parkerson
  • New cast reunion featuring Rees and actors Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Kim Wayans, Charles Parnell, and Aasha Davis, moderated by film scholar Jacqueline Stewart
  • New program on the making of the film, featuring Rees, cinematographer Bradford Young, production designer Inbal Weinberg, producer Nekisa Cooper, and editor Mako Kamitsuna, moderated by Stewart
  • New interview with film scholar Kara Keeling, author of Queer Times, Black Futures
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Cassie da Costa

    New cover illustration by Xia Gordon

Purchase Options

New Release

Special Features

  • 2K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between director Dee Rees and filmmaker and professor Michelle Parkerson
  • New cast reunion featuring Rees and actors Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Kim Wayans, Charles Parnell, and Aasha Davis, moderated by film scholar Jacqueline Stewart
  • New program on the making of the film, featuring Rees, cinematographer Bradford Young, production designer Inbal Weinberg, producer Nekisa Cooper, and editor Mako Kamitsuna, moderated by Stewart
  • New interview with film scholar Kara Keeling, author of Queer Times, Black Futures
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Cassie da Costa

    New cover illustration by Xia Gordon
Pariah
Cast
Adepero Oduye
Alike
Pernell Walker
Laura
Aasha Davis
Bina
Charles Parnell
Arthur
Sahra Mellesse
Sharonda
Kim Wayans
Audrey
Rob Morgan
Sock
Credits
Director
Dee Rees
Written by
Dee Rees
Produced by
Nekisa Cooper
Executive producers
Spike Lee
Jeff Robinson
Sam Martin
Susan Lewis
Ann Bradley
Joey Carey
Stefan Nowicki
Douglas Eisenberg
Matthew J. Simon
Mary Jane Skalski
Cinematography
Bradford Young
Production design
Inbal Weinberg
Editor
Mako Kamitsuna
Casting by
Eyde Belasco
Costume design by
Eniola Dawodu

From The Current

Pariah: Song of the Self
Pariah: Song of the Self

In Dee Rees’s ambitious and lyrical debut, the inner life of a queer Black teenager and poet is summoned in all its nuances and contradictions.

By Cassie da Costa