Teaser Trailer for Race Satire DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

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Sundance Award Winning Comedy Dear White People built buzz after its festival circuit run, heads to theaters nationwide this fall and the first trailer has just arrived.

The feature debut from writer-director Justin Simien, based on his short film that went viral a few years back, is a sly, provocative race satire about the divisions between black and white people in a Midwestern university.

With a little bit Spike Lee influence, Semien presents the movie through the eyes of four very different African-American stereotypes: the shy Lionel (Tyler James Williams), spunky DJ Samantha (Tessa Thompson), followed by overachiever Troy (Brandon P. Bell) and conflicted Coco (Teyonah Paris). They are  attending a predominantly white Ivy League college and the film tells the story of riot that starts after white students throw an African-American-themed party.

“The original draft of the movie was an anecdotal, sort of episodic, thinly veiled version of my college experience, and as I grew up and figured out how to write these sort of multiprotagonist screenplays, I feel like I had to talk more about the current black experience in America, felt like we had to tackle some issues with a little more bite,”

Simien told THR.

Also starring Kyle Gallner, Malcolm Barrett, Brittany Curran, Marque Richardson, and Dennis Haysbert, the movie opens Oct. 17 in limited release. Check it out.

No doubt Dear White People will spark again a never-ending conversation on racism, which ends by simply saying, “Let’s agree to disagree.”