PARIAH: 10th Anniversary - NewFest


A Black woman in a baseball hat over a brown durag is sitting on a bus. She is looking seriously out the window, and her reflection in the bus window is looking at the viewer of the image. The overall lighting of the image is green, with additional texture on the right side of the image.

A decade since its release, Academy Award nominee Dee Rees’ debut feature remains an enduring exploration of a Black, queer ​​17-year-old


A decade since its release, this powerful portrait of a young lesbian coming into her own continues to be celebrated as a monumental influence by critics and filmmakers alike. The debut feature from Academy Award nominee Dee Rees (MUDBOUND) remains an enduring exploration of the inner and outer lives of ​​17-year-old Alike (Adepero Oduye, in a breakthrough performance) as she navigates her burgeoning sexuality, familial frustrations, and talents as a poet in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene.

PARIAH occupies an essential place in queer and Black film canon, and is undeniably one of the 21st century’s greatest films.

Cast: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis

Please note: this film will not be playing virtually

Presented in partnership with Harlem SGL LGBTQ Center


Dee Rees