Director Justin Simien Explains Why His Movie Is Called ‘Dear White People’

“We can talk about the myth of reverse racism all day, but I think ultimately I’m a black filmmaker making an independent black film. If I called my movie, Ruminations On Race, or whatever, nobody would care who I am, or what I have to say or what I’m doing. So yeah, you have to get butts in seats.”

Writer, producer, and director of Dear White People Justin Simien explains the title of his film — which won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance and will be released in theaters this October — after a screening last weekend.

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