New York on Film: Pariah
Director Dee Rees's celebrated debut film Pariah (2011, 86 min) follows teenager Alike (Adepero Oduye) who lives in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood with her parents (Charles Parnell, Kim Wayans) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse). A butch lesbian, Alike quietly embraces her identity, but she wonders how much she can truly confide in her family, especially with her parents' marriage already strained.
This screening is the 2010's installment of our year-long series New York on Film: Decade by Decade, programmed by Jessica Green. The series accompanies the Museum's centennial exhibition, This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture.
Introductory speaker to be announced soon!
About Jessica Green:
Jessica Green is an independent film programmer currently programming film, speaker, and performance series for BAM, the Weeksville Heritage Center, and the Museum of the City of New York. Jessica served as the Artistic Director of the Houston Cinema Arts Society from 2019-2022, providing artistic leadership for year-round film programming and the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston’s largest film festival. She was the Cinema Director of the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem from 2008-2018. Jessica is also a former founder, owner and Editor-In-Chief of the New York based, independent Hip-Hop magazine Stress (1994-2001), as well as the former Executive Editor of BET.com (2000-2005).
New York on Film is the centennial year edition of the Museum's ongoing Moonlight & Movies series.
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