Plot: A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.
Quick comment: “Pariah” begins discreetly, but soon evolves to a heartfelt sensitivity that might touch you deep down inside. A story about a coming-of-age lesbian girl who is trying to make the right decisions in life, as she attempts to gain acceptance and support from her parents. This is a very promising debut of Dee Rees in feature-film, after having released a 27-minute short in 2007 about the same subject and with the same title.
Relevant awards: Best cinematography (Sundance).