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Trailer Watch: Indie Satire 'Dear White People' Explores Black Life on a White College Campus

Shadow and Act By Jasmin Tiggett | Shadow and Act June 13, 2012 at 11:53AM

If you've perused Twitter or Tumblr lately, you may have come across the rather provocative handle @DearWhitePeople, offering such quips as "What do you mean, you haven't seen The Wiz?" and "Stop touching my hair."
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'Dear White People'
'Dear White People'

If you've perused Twitter or Tumblr lately, you may have come across the rather provocative handle @DearWhitePeople, offering such quips as "What do you mean, you haven't seen The Wiz?" and "Stop touching my hair."

The voice of the posts belongs to Sam, a lead character in the forthcoming movie Dear White People, by first-time feature director Justin Simien.

Based on Justin's own experiences at a predominately white university, the plot centers on "four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular 'African American' themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in 'post-racial' America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world."

Regarding the film's potential to spark debate, Justin had this to say:

"Nobody wants to be called a racist, so I think when people hear the title 'Dear White People,' already they want to take a defensive posture. But my movie isn't necessarily about racism. I think that racism is a fact of life and any movie dealing with black issues has to take place in a world where that's reflected. But my movie is really about race identity - it's about who you are, how the world sees you, and how that affects your potential."

The project is in early stages and the team has launched a campaign to raise $25,000 to cover their pre-production costs.

Below, see the trailer shared exclusively with S&A, and if you feel so inclined, donate at their Indiegogo page HERE.

You can find more info on Dear White People at the film's website, dearwhitepeoplemovie.com.

You can also follow the film on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.

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