College students across the country are tackling race and prejudice, and a new film is taking on the issue through comedy and satire.

Dear White People follows a group of black students at a fictional, Ivy League school. One of the characters host a radio program of the same title where she confronts racism faced by students of color. 

From Democracy Now:

Dear White People examines race relations through comedy and satire. While it elicits many laughs from the audience, at its core, it’s a serious film. […] Racial tensions on campus come to a head when a group of mostly white students throw an African-American-themed party wearing blackface and using watermelons and fake guns as props.

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The film claimed the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent.

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired rights to the Dear White People, pretty much guaranteeing a wide release in the U.S. and Canada.

Watch the trailer here:

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