|Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell, Kim Wayans & others. Dee Rees, director|
(Winner of the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival) Through her friendship with the openly gay Laura (Pernell Walker), Brooklyn teenager Alike (Adepero Oduye) comes to understand her own sexuality. Increasingly alarmed when their daughter begins to dress in men's clothing, Alike's parents (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) urge her to befriend Bina (Aasha Davis), a girl from their church. Six years before she directed the acclaimed 2017 Netflix film Mudbound, Dee Rees made her name with this sensitive drama—winner of the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival—in which Bina will instead toy with Alike's affections, and unwittingly push the young woman to decide between her family and being true to herself.
"[This film] is the finest coming-of-age movie I've seen in years, the work of a fledgling artist [director Dee Rees] who fully deserves the support she received from the Sundance Institute and other indie promoters of a new generation of black filmmakers."—NPR