R | 86 min | Drama | 20 January 2011 (USA)
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 3,828 users Metascore: 79/100
Pariah is a 2011 American genius drama film written and directed by Dee Rees. It tells the case of Alike (Adepero Oduye), a 17-year-old African-American girl embracing her identity as a lesbian. It premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Excellence in Cinematography Award.
Adepero Oduye portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. Alike is calmly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the customarily boisterous vow of her excellent friend, erroneous lesbian Laura (Pernell Walker), Alike is specially eager to contact a girlfriend. At homeland, her parents’ marriage ceremony is nervous and there is furthermore tension in the household whenever Alike’s knowledge becomes a subject of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the colleague of a colleague’s daughter, Bina (Aasha Davis), Alike finds Bina to be unintentionally refreshing to start with. Wondering how roughly she can confide in her community, Alike strives to gain through adolescence with grace, humor, and spirit – customarily succeeding, customarily not, but interminably moving forward.