About the project
‘Dear White People’ is an award winning US produced satirical comedy-drama film set on a University campus, directed and written by Justin Simien. The film won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Justin Simien has been named in Variety magazine’s 2013 “10 Directors to Watch” list.
The film is due for general theatrical release in the UK from July 10th but so far very few cinemas have agreed to screen the film especially for standard full 7 day run.
The BFI has refused lottery funding to The New Black Film Collective (one of only two black film distribution companies in the UK), which would have supported the distribution of the film with no justifiable reasons given and a major independent arthouse cinema chain has turned it down even though they stated that they like the film.
The suggestion that the film is not mainstream enough and is only suitable for black audiences is not true at all. We believe the film is current and relevant for all audiences in the UK and we need your help to prove this.
We would like cinemas to pick up this film for a standard 7 day run and for the BFI to reverse its decision or give us some level of support because the film has important, relevant and timely things to say about equality and identity!
Your support will allow us to get advertising on billboards, buses, underground and in the media.
About the film
Trailer – https://youtu.be/J6bLF9sWMRk
“THRILLINGLY SHARP-WITTED COMEDY”
– OWEN GLEIBERMAN, BBC.COM
“FRESH, LIVELY, IMPORTANT”
– KAREN KRIZANOVICH, RADIO TIMES
“GIDDY, HEART-IN-THROAT VIEWING”
– TOM HUDDLESTON, TIME OUT US
“A BRACINGLY SMART, INCENDIARY SATIRE”
– JAMIE GRAHAM, TOTAL FILM
Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 92%
‘Dear White People adds a welcome new voice to cinema’s oft-neglected discussion of race, tackling its timely themes with intelligence, honesty, and gratifyingly sharp wit.’
The New York Times
‘Everyone should see this movie, and everyone will see it a little differently. Maybe you will think it goes too far, or not far enough. Since I happen to belong to the group to which it is explicitly addressed, a direct response seems warranted. Dear “Dear White People”: Got your message. Keep in touch.’
‘“Dear White People” nonetheless provokes admiration for having bothered to ask some of the hard questions without pretending to know any of the answers. It also works as a fine showcase for its actors: Fleshing out characters that could have been little more than one-note mouthpieces, Williams, Thompson, Parris and Bell all make strong, distinctive impressions, with Thompson perhaps the standout as the film’s sharpest and most enigmatic figure.’
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him ‘Best First Screenplay’ at the Independent Spirit Awards.