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people in film Kim Wayans
Known as a funny woman from a very funny family, Kim Wayans also knows when to get serious.
News & Press Dee Rees Wants Your Story
The writer/director Dee Rees tells a powerful story of one teen learning to be herself in PARIAH. She asks that people make videos about their own stories and share them with others.
Inside Our Movies PARIAH's Team Remembers Their Coming of Age Stories
Audience of all sorts are identifying with PARIAH’s tale of a young woman’s heroic desire to find her real identity. We asked the cast and crew to tell us which stories touched them when they were growing up.
VIDEOS What PARIAH Means to Me
After a screening of PARIAH for Los Angeles LifeWorks, a group that mentors LGBTQ youth, audience members sat down to give us their thoughts on the Dee Rees’ film and how it related to their own life.
Inside Our Movies The Power of PARIAH
Dee Rees’ powerful tale of coming-of-age captures the poignant sense of feeling like a PARIAH. We look at the fine artistic tradition of turning being an outsider into a position of power.
VIDEOS Clips & Videos
Watch videos from PARIAH, featuring Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis and Charles Parnell, and don’t miss cool interviews and a Red Carpet Premiere video!
Inside Our Movies Well Versed
The poems of the young Alike (Adepero Oduye) in PARIAH are both essential to the film and for the character to survive. Others filmmakers have also woven poetry into their movies to create lyrical and lush cinematic experiences.
Inside Our Movies Many Voices, One Score
In picking musicians for PARIAH, director Dee Rees wanted both to capture the diverse emotional lives of her characters and to let the viewer sample some ear-opening local musical talents.
Inside Our Movies Transforming Passion into Pariah
When first-time writer/director Dee Rees met producer Nekisa Cooper, they bonded over their mutual desire to bring the story of a young girl yearning to find her true self to the screen. And together the two rallied different communities to help them.
Inside Our Movies Poetry in Motion

When actress Adepero Oduye was cast in Dee Rees short film, she had no idea of the powerful journey she was about to embark on to the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance labs and finally to starring in an award-winning feature film. Nor did she realize how much her character, Alike, would develop over that time.

Inside Our Movies PARIAH Red Carpet Premiere
Images from the red carpet premiere of PARIAH, a Focus Features release.
people in film Tamar-kali Rocks Pariah
Afro-punk star brings her unique sound to Pariah.
people in film Dressing Pariah
Pariah’s costume designer Eniola Dawodu takes us behind the scenes.
news & press Meet the Director of Pariah, Dee Rees

Dee Rees, the director of Pariah, introduces herself and her film as part of “Meet the Artists,” a series of video profiles put together by the Sundance Institute.

A world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the contemporary drama Pariah is the feature-length expansion of writer/director Dee Rees’ award-winning 2007 short film Pariah. Spike Lee is among the feature’s executive producers. At Sundance, cinematographer Bradford Young was honored with the [U.S. Dramatic Competition] Excellence in Cinematography Award.
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