One of the most anticipated queer films at the Toronto International Film Festival is playing to sold-out audiences and getting rave reviews, with some calling it the next Precious
. Titled Pariah
, it's the feature film debut for director Dee Rees and has the backing of heavyweight Spike Lee, who is executive producer.
The film packs a surprising emotional punch in the over-crowded field of coming-out stories.
The main character, Alike, played by Adepera Oduye, is a Brooklyn teen who is trying to find her place in the world of femme and butch dykes. Her family is less than supportive. The most heart-wrenching reaction is from her mother, played by In Living Color
veteran Kim Wayans.
which also created a big buzz at Sundance, has its final screening at TIFF on Wednesday, Sept 14 at 5:45pm. See the TIFF schedule at http://tiff.net/thefestival