Feature film “Dear White People” — dubbed an “Advanced Course in Diversity” in a New York Times review — will be presented at 7 p.m., April 29 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater. The free screening will be followed by a discussion with writer and director Justin Simien, executive producer Stephanie Allain and producers Effie Brown and Julia Lebedev.
Named a New York Times Critics’ Pick when it debuted in October, 2014, the film was described by the Times reviewer as “a clever campus comedy that juggles a handful of hot potatoes — race, sex, privilege, power — with elegant agility. You want to see this movie, and you will want to talk about it afterward, even if the conversation feels a little awkward.”
Among the film’s numerous accolades is a Special Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival, an Independent Spirit Award and a Best Independent Feature Film award from the African-American Film Critics Association.
The screening — first in a series intended to foster dialogue about race, bias, privilege and campus climate — is co-sponsored by UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh, the African American Studies Department, the Institute of American Cultures, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.