Downtown Springfield Association
Moxie Cinema's The Essentials: Pariah

Moxie Cinema’s The Essentials: Pariah

February, 11 2019 | 12:00 pm

305 S Campbell Ave Springfield, Missouri 65806
www.moxiecinema.com

$9 for adults, $8 for students/seniors, members get in free


“In her fearless, world-here-I-am! debut Pariah, writer-director Dee Rees demonstrates, with simplicity and verve, that there’s no substitute for authenticity.”
– Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
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The Essentials: Indie Auteurs
This quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free

Film Synopsis:
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 and younger sister Sharonda 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, 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, 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)

Film Information:
Starring: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis
Director: Dee Rees
Genre(s): Drama
Rating: R
Running Time: 86 min.

Reviews:
“”Pariah” is a small film about a big subject: the struggle to be who you are, not who others would like you to be.”
– Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Rees’ script, peppered with colourful hip-hop argot, is smart and economical, with well-drawn characters, dialogue and situations that echo with authenticity.”
– Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star

“Adepero Oduye is excellent as a Brooklyn teen coming to terms with her sexual identity in this gritty film”
– Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

“The film is an impressive debut for writer-director Dee Rees.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“In her fearless, world-here-I-am! debut Pariah, writer-director Dee Rees demonstrates, with simplicity and verve, that there’s no substitute for authenticity.”
– Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“The coming-out/coming-of-age story is almost a genre of its own, but Pariah has a fresh and distinctly urban take, anchored by an affable lead performance.”
– USA Today

“The gifted Dee Rees makes finding out a stirring and heartfelt journey. And Adepero Oduye is unforgettable. A star is born.”
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Vivid photography, true-to-life moments and a wonderful lead performance compensate for some first-timer missteps in debutante writer-director Dee Rees’ Pariah.”
– Andrew Barker, Variety