The film PARIAH, written and directed by Dee Rees has won rave reviews after appearing at the Sundance Film Festival and walking away with the Excellence In Cinematography Award (U.S. Dramatic Competition). I’m very excited that it is the first selection for Manuscript, Movie, Dinner (Drinks) and Discussion event of 2012.

An overview:

Adepero Oduye, who had earlier starred in the short film, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school.

Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura (Pernell Walker), Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. 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 Films

UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!*** THIS FRIDAY 1.13.12 is the first MMDD event! I know, there was not an initial manuscript prior to the film release, but we’re broadening the theme to include poignant films reflective of authentic and diverse stories of and about the Black experience.

What: Viewing of PARIAH

Where: (Landmark Theatres) Midtown Arts Cinema Atlanta, GA  *** The film is now projected to sell out early! SO, if serious about attending with the group, please try to purchase tickets in advance and plan to meet earlier so we can be seated together. Advance tickets: , and for the 7:45pm showing!***

followed by Dinner (Drinks) and a Discussion at Apres Diem Atlanta, GA (right next to the theatre) @ 9:30PM

Who: YOU! Please come out, bring friends or simply self!

Why: To view Black cinema that will foster discussion afterwards at a wonderful restaurant. What is provocative art without discussion?!

Extra Important Deets: Plan to arrive at Midtown Arts Cinema by 7:00 so the group can be seated together. I did NOT purchase the block set (people tend to flake) so as this is the first night there will be a small crowd. Also, if planning to dine, there will be drink specials and a small section for the group to mingle, discuss and connect at Apres Diem. I can’t wait!

Any questions, comments, concerns, or whomps, please feel free to contact.

Remember, if we don’t support films and projects reflective of authentic and brilliant stories unique to OUR experiences…don’t expect anyone else to. Hope to see you next week! 🙂




About Dawnavette

A Modern Renaissance Woman passionate about writing, women's issues, race relations, pop culture and music.

Posted on January 4, 2012, in Event Coverage, Events and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m there! Looking forward to this.

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