The 2011 film â€œPariahâ€ tells the story of Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents and younger sister in Brooklynâ€™s Fort Greene neighborhood.
Alike has begun to accept her identity as a lesbian, a topic that creates tension in her family and causes difficulty among her friends.
â€œâ€˜Pariahâ€™ feels a lot like life: at its most confusing, contradictory and exhilarating,â€ said a Washington Post review. â€œThis invigoratingly fresh, optimistic film â€“â€“ which features the breathtaking debuts of director Dee Rees and leading lady Adepero Oduye â€“â€“ plunges the audience into a world that’s both tough and tender, vivid and grim, drenched in poetry and music and pain and discovery.
â€œPariahâ€ opens Friday at the Lyric Cinema, with showings throughout the weekend at 4:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.