PARIAH! The Litte Movie That Could

PARIAH! The Litte Movie That Could

A conversation with Director Dee Rees and breakout star Adepero Oduye about the film that just might change you

by Sergio Mims, January 20, 2012

PARIAH! The Litte Movie That Could

dressed up as famous movie villains and you were Bonnie from Bonnie and Clyde.

ODUYE: It was so much fun. They asked me if I had any ideas, and I told them either Eve Harrington from All About Eve or [Bonnie from] Bonnie and Clyde. So they liked the Bonnie and Cycle idea, and they told me all about their idea using squibs and I said yes! I love to throw myself into stuff like that, and I love action films. It was so much fun. Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! [laughs]

EBONY: Finally, I have to ask: How do your parents feel about Pariah?

REES: My parents saw the film for the first time two weeks ago, and they had a 180-degree breakthrough experience. Straight Black Christian parents. They love me, they’re proud of me and they feel everyone needs to see this film. So it shows that through the power of film, people can change.  

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