Based on an award-winning short film with the same title, Pariah (directed by Dee Rees), centers on a Bronx teen forced to choose between losing her best friend or destroying her family. As she juggles conflicting identities and endures heartbreak we are taken through her desperate search for sexual expression.
The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where it was picked up for distribution by Focus Features to be released in theaters later this year.
Pariah stars Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Kim Wayans in a rare dramatic role, Charles Parnell, and Aasha Davis.
Despite the subject matter and themes, I think Pariah is a widely accessible film and will appeal to a much broader audience than most will expect. I saw it earlier this year while it was still on the film festival circuit and thought it was a strong feature film directorial debut for Dee Rees, her cast and crew.
An official trailer and poster were released by Focus Features last week.
Tambay Obenson is editor of Shadow And Act on the indieWIRE Network at blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact.