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Pariah

Dir. Dee Rees USA 87 min R

2011 Focus Features

Adepero Oduye portrays Alike, a Fort Greene, Brooklyn teen who is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague’s daughter, Bina (Aasha Davis), Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with.

Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward. — Focus Features

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