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Member Screening: PARIAH with director Dee Rees and actress Adepero Oduye Monday, 12/12

Cinema/Chicago and Focus Features will be hosting an exclusive members-only screening of PARIAH on Monday, December 12th at 6pm at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.).

Immediately following the screening will be a Q&A with director Dee Rees and actress Adepero Oduye.

Due to space limitations, we are unable to accommodate guests of members (unless you are a DUAL, PRODUCER or FOUNDER'S CLUB member) at this screening.

Please RSVP with your name and member # to marketing@chicagofilmfestival.com.

Please arrive early (recommend 45 minutes before start time) as seating is first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Admission is not guaranteed. Theater is overbooked to ensure a full house.

If you are not a member and would like to become one to attend this screening and many more throughout the year, please click here.

To view the film's trailer, please click here.

Member Screening film series is presented by DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media.




























Film Synopsis:

Adepero Oduye, who had earlier starred in the short film, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school.

Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura (Pernell Walker), Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague’s daughter, Bina (Aasha Davis), Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with.

Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity, sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.