Essay on Film Review Of Film ' Pariah '

867 Words Nov 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Recently released film Pariah (2011) delves into the journey of exploring sexuality. From intimacy, sexual identity, sensuality, and sexual behavior this biopic shares a coming of age stories of self-discovery and human connection. Written and directed by Dee Rees, Pariah is a 2011 American art drama film. In 2011 it premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Excellence in Cinematography Award. These works not only give Blacks who are living outside of the heterosexual normative a form of self-representation in cinema, but it provides a refreshing consideration of the multiple forms of oppression (race, class, gender, and sexuality) that Black homosexuals face outside of the traditional one-dimensional lens of being just homosexual. Through an undeniable black and undeniable queer narratives, Pariah traces their protagonist, Alike’s journey of finding sexual identity to journey that three-dimensional and mirroring to life. Pariah tells the story of Alike, a 17-year-old African-American from Brooklyn embracing her identity as a lesbian. She struggles in accepting her own sexuality and balancing the acceptance of friends and family, all while dealing with heartbreak and finding her identity. While watching Pariah, I had to consider my own privilege when identifying as heterosexual. Watching Alike travel through this stage of self-acceptance, she also struggles in being accepted by society. There were several parts of the film that resonated with me. The film…

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