Watch: ‘Dear White People’ Trailer Bursts Your “Post-Racial” Bubble
Yassssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!! The trailer for Justin Simien‘s award-winning debut feature Dear White People finally arrived this week!
Set to hit nationwide theaters on October 17th, the highly anticipated comedy explores racial identity in “post-racial” America.
It follows four black students at an Ivy League college and the events that unfold after a white fraternity throws an offensive African-American themed party.
In the trailer we get better acquainted with film’s the characters, particularly Sam, played by Tessa Thompson (Everyday Black Man / For Colored Girls).
She is the host of a school radio show titled “Dear White People,” who is hilariously described as what you’d get “if Spike Lee and Oprah had some sort of pissed off baby.”
“How would you feel if someone started a Dear Black People?” a listener phones in to ask Sam during a broadcasting. “No need,” she calmly retorts. “Mass media from Fox News makes it clear what White people think of us.”
Initially gaining steam in June 2012 after an Indiegogo campaign, the witty feature won the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance in January. In March, it was jointly acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.
“It’s less about white people,” said Justin. “It’s more about this idea that a black identity can’t be formed unless it’s in reaction to white mainstream culture. These characters are grappling with admitting that fact.”
At last month’s Seattle International Film Festival Dear White People also picked up an award for Youth Jury Award for Best FutureWave Feature.