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Film about being “A Black Face in a White Place” comes to the Vashon Theatre

“Dear White People,” a satirical crowd-funded gem about race relations at a fictional Ivy League college, will screen at the Vashon Theatre this Friday, February 6 at 9:30 pm.

The feature, a breakout hit at the Sundance Film Festival, is presented by Vashon Film Society as part of its First Friday Art Film series. Written and directed by Justin Simien, “Dear White People” addresses a campus culture war which escalates when the school’s humor magazine throws a Halloween party awash in racial stereotypes.
The Daily Dot called director’s Simien’s filmmakinging debut “a college-set ‘Do the Right Thing’ for the social media era.”

In a year when the Academy Award nominations exposed what Variety Magazine called “a stunning lack of diversity,” the island’s film society and movie theater are marking the beginning of Black History Month with the comedic “Dear White People” and the stirring historical drama “Selma” which also opens Friday and plays through February 12.

Admission to Friday’s one-time showing of “Dear White People” is a $7 donation to the Film Society. For tickets and showtimes for “Selma,” call the Vashon Theatre at 463-3232.