Cafe Inquiry: Screening “Dear White People”
- Wednesday, February 25th 2015 at 7:30 pm
Cafe Inquiry Celebrates Black History Month
Screening: Dear White People
(A satire about being a black face in a white place.)
Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30pm
Doors open at 7
Join us for popcorn and a FREE MOVIE in the Steve Allen Theater! To
celebrate Black History Month, we're screening Dear White People at
our February Cafe Inquiry.
The unexpected election of activist Samantha White as head of a
traditionally black residence hall sets up a college campus
culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to
be black. While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative
and polarizing radio show "Dear White People" to try to prevent the
college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House, outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks, son of the university's dean, defies his father's lofty
expectations by applying to join the staff of Pastiche, the college's influential humor magazine. Lionel Higgins, an Afro-sporting sci-fi geek, is
recruited by the otherwise all-white student newspaper to go
undercover and write about black culture-a subject he knows little
about-while the aggressively assimilated Coco Conners tries to use the
controversy on campus to carve out a career in reality TV.
But no one at Winchester University is prepared for Pastiche's outrageous,
ill-conceived annual Halloween party, with its "unleash your inner
Negro" theme throwing oil on an already smoldering fire of resentment
and misunderstanding. When the party descends into riotous mayhem,
everyone must choose a side.
Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for
Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of
race relations in the age of Obama.
Written, directed and produced by Justin Simien
Tyler James Williams ("Everybody Hates Chris," "The Walking Dead,"
Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls, "Veronica Mars")
Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare on Elm Street, CBGB)
Teyonah Parris ("Mad Men," They Came Together)
Brandon P. Bell ("Hollywood Heights")
Malcolm Barrett (The Hurt Locker)
Brittany Curran ("Chicago Fire")
Marque Richardson ("The Newsroom")
and Dennis Haysbert ("24," Far From Heaven).
Running time: 100 minutes
Admission is FREE.
Donations to help keep this program running are much appreciated.
Held in the Steve Allen Theater & lobby at CFI-L.A.
image: (c) Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc.