Pariah is a movie about Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17 year old African American girl growing up in Brooklyn, discovering and exploring her sexuality (gay), while dealing with the challenges of a broken home and an extremely religious mother.
As far as coming out stories go, Pariah does an amazing job at capturing the confusion and challenges associated with self acceptance and acceptance from those around you, including your family. It is painfully authentic and it’s hard to not feel like you’re watching the story of hundreds of teens trying to come out in America today. At a time when kids are coming out and being bullied to the point of suicide, and when politicians are using sexuality and equal rights issues to divide this country, Pariah is a must watch film for any parent with a child coming out… a must watch film for any parent in fact.
It sounds cinematically cliché, but Pariah will take you on an emotional roller coaster. It’s sad and painful, but also refreshing, uplifting and hopeful.
I highly recommend this movie.