Set at a fictional Ivy League campus, Dear White People follows a group of African American students as they experience campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college. When a group of white students decides to throw a hip-hop-themed Halloween party, wearing black-face make-up and afro wigs, the group of black students decides to crash it, thus unleashing mayhem.
Dear White People is the first film by Houston-born director Justin Simien. The film is sharp and funny, it mixes parts of humor and drama, and it earned Simien a spot on Variety‘s annual “10 Directors to Watch”. Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama.
Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize (Breakthrough Talent)
Independent Spirit Awards: 2 nominations including Best First Feature
Gotham Awards: Best Breakthrough Actor (Tessa Thompson)
African-American Film Critics Association: Best Feature Film
Runtime: 108 min
Director: Justin Simien
Cast: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner