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Part of the series The Black Book


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Based on director Dee Rees’s award-winning short film, Pariah tells the story of Alike, a 17-year-old African-American woman who is beginning to explore her identity as a lesbian. Surrounded by a boisterous best friend and disapproving parents, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity. Followed by a discussion with writers Ernest Hardy and Tisa Bryant. (2011, dir. Dee Rees, 87 min.)

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