Pariah is the feature debut of writer/director Dee Rees and showed to great acclaim at Sundance earlier this year.

A tale of finding acceptance and identity in a harsh Brooklyn neighbourhood the film was praised Rees direction and the talented cast. Focus Features have picked the film up and while there’s no news yet about when it will find itself in cinemas on either side of the pond we expect to be hearing more from this film shortly.

Rees talks about the film and the experience of premiering at Sundance here:

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The synopsis looks like this:

A rousing success at its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, this deeply felt human drama is the feature debut of writer/director Dee Rees. Adepero Oduye portrays Alike (pronounced “ah-lee-kay”), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. A gifted student, Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the support of her best friend Laura (Pernell Walker), she is especially eager to find a girlfriend. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity.

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Apple have it in shiny high definition if that’s your thing. Give a big thanks to The Playlist why don’t you?