The satirical drama film Dear White People played as last Friday’s Zoo Flick. Directed by Justin Simien, this movie received more excitement and student advertisement than previous Zoo Flicks. “The entire Zoo Flicks lineup is mostly selected through the votes of students,” said Tyler Hall, Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Involvement (OSI). “For this Winter Quarter, we hosted online and in-person voting, and the film Dear White People had more votes than the majority of the other films.” The amount of votes projects that there is a need or want for informed conversation and enlightened values on campus.
OSI takes into account things like response by general audience and critics of the movie, release dates, and topic relevance to campus.
How the movie was created was one of the reasons OSI decided to chose this film.
“The director, Justin Simien, first went to Twitter …with critical and complimentary statements to help shape the characters and the story of the film,” Hall said. Hall felt that this modern and true approach would be positive for the campus.
Dear White People seeks to bring awareness to racial topics through the satirical story of four Black college students. The topics shown in the movie can relate back to K’s campus.
“I believe this is a great film for the K community to watch; this is a film for everyone,” Hall said. “It is my hope that the film will spark conversations in these that may have never thought about the topics of the film before.”
Josh Vance ‘18 did not know what to expect when viewing the movie. “I was impressed,” Vance said. He felt that the movie effectively expressed that cultural, personal, and racial uniqueness still exist. “I’m glad OSI had this movie in the lineup because it’s actually useful to the mindset of current students,” Vance said.
Taking into account people’s experiences and environments can help K students relate with one another and form more personal bonds.
After viewing the film, Yajaera Ramirez ‘18 felt that this satire explains what is occurring to diverse universities in America. “From my perspective, the message of the movie is to understand where people come from and go through,” Ramirez said. “Whether it’s race, gender, or sexuality, we should reconsider our words and actions because it can empower or oppress others.”