In collaboration with the Vanderbilt University course, Insider/Outsider: The Genealogy of Black LGBTQ Peoples, the Belcourt hosts three course sessions paired with film screenings. Each screening and post-screening course discussion is open and free to the public — and all screenings are at the Belcourt. No reservations or tickets are required, but seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Alike, a 17-year-old African-American girl in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood, is a good student with a flair for poetry. She’s also quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura, Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained, and the tension heightens whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother to befriend a colleague’s daughter, Bina, Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity—sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward. Debut director Dee Rees (MUDBOUND), who grew up in Nashville, leads a splendid cast and crafts a pitch-perfect portrait that stands unparalleled in American cinema. PARIAH premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the cinematography award.
Insider/Outsider is led by Claudine Taaffe and Terrance Dean and is part of Vanderbilt’s African American & Diaspora Studies. The course is an intensive and interdisciplinary engagement with the history, culture and politics of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities during the 20th and 21st centuries.
No reservations or tickets are required, but seating is available on a first come, first served basis.