“It was just a story I wanted to tell. Writing it was an expression of my own coming out. Getting it out there was willpower, feeling this is a universal story about identity and it has to be told.”
Writer and director Dee Rees is referring to her movie “Pariah” – about a lesbian teenager struggling to keep her sexuality a secret from her family.
A review article explains that the lead character Alike (pronounced Ah-LEE-kah) “lives comfortably with both parents and a younger sister… gets great grades in school and is an avid writer.
Rees says, “It’s not even about coming out, it’s about how to be. She loves women, that’s clear, it’s about how to be that. We didn’t make the film to prove anybody wrong or spite anybody, it’s just a story that needs to be told.”