Sunday, June 24, 2007


Alike (ah-LEE-kay) is a black lesbian teen who sneaks out to clubs with her friends, but has to keep her closet door tightly shut at home for fear of her family's reaction. The inevitable confrontation with her parents is painful to watch, as we see that her fears were entirely well-founded. The tagline of the film is on point: "Who do you become when you can't be yourself?" Well made, with some great humor in amongst the pathos. Strongly recommended; my second-fave of this year's girls' shorts, Pariah won the audience award for best short in the festival.

Pariah, dir. Dee Rees, 2006 USA, 28 min.

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screened in the "Fun in Girls' Shorts" program

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