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The cast of “The Hate U Give” stopped by the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at the Toronto Film Festival to discuss the relatability and timeliness of their film.

The George Tillman Jr.-helmed drama deals with racism, police brutality, overcoming stereotypes, and a slew of current social problems.

Amandla Stenberg, who plays the film’s protagonist, Starr, discussed the significance of the film’s authenticity.

“I really connected to Starr because she lives the experience of code switching, which is something that I grew up doing, and probably everyone does in some way, shape, or form. Especially if you are a black American,” she told Variety. “We learn the skill of entering spaces in which we haven’t been historically accepted and changing the way that we speak or talk or relate to other people in order to succeed in that space.”

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