Dear White People (15)

Saturday 19 January


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Dear White People (15)

The New Black Film Collective presents Queens of Comedy, part of the BFI Comedy Genius Blockbuster Season. Featuring a live comedy set from Judi Love (Lenny Henry Birthday Show) followed by a candid conversation about women, comedy and everything in between with Latifah Charles (BBC Radio Cardiff).

Dear White People (15)
USA | 2014 | 108' | 15 | Justin Simien

The unexpected election of activist Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) as head of a traditionally black university residence hall sets up a campus culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to be black. While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative radio show 'Dear White People', outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), son of the university's dean (Dennis Haysbert), defies his father's lofty expectations by applying to join the staff of 'Pastiche', the college's influential newspaper. Meanwhile, Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams), an Afro-sporting sci-fi geek, is recruited by the otherwise all-white student paper to go undercover and write about black culture—a subject he knows little about—while the aggressively assimilated Coco Conners (Teyonah Parris) tries to use the controversy to carve out a career in reality TV.

Preceded by a screening of the short film Edek (6m), winner of the Experimental Film Award at the Women Over Fifty Film Festival 2018.

This screening is part of Comedy Genius, a nationwide celebration of comedy on screen, led by BFI, the Independent Cinema Office and BFI Film Audience Network, supported by funds from the National Lottery. For more screenings go to #bficomedy.


"It’s true that satire is the perfect weapon of reason, and Justin Simien deploys it with resourcefulness, cool assurance and eagle-eyed aim."
Washington Post

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