Dear White People Sundance Justin Simien

After generating plenty of buzz at Sundance earlier this year, the new trailer for Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” continues to ask pointed questions of Hollywood, offering some food for thought regarding the portrayal of black characters on the big screen.

The trailer references films like “The Help” and “The Butler” as a group of black students explain to a theater box office worker how black characters are often pigeonholed. One student bluntly asks, “Can we have movies with, you know, characters in them instead of stereotypes wrapped in Christian dogma?” and later asserts that “Gremlins” is about “suburban white fear of black culture.”

The films stars Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell, Kyle Gallner, Brittany Curran and Dennis Haysbert.

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions’ “Dear White People” premiered Wednesday night at the L.A. Film Fest and bows in theaters Oct. 17.


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