Dear White People
writer-director Justin Simien took home Best First Screenplay at Saturday's (Feb. 21) 30th annual Independent Spirit Awards, and used his acceptance speech
to make clear the importance of having more diverse stories told in Hollywood.
"I started writing this movie some 10 years ago as an impulse because I didn't really see my story out there in the culture," Simien said. "I didn't see myself reflected back at me in the films I love or the stories that resonated for me."
Starring Tessa Thompson, who also graced the big screen in Selma
this year, Teyonah Parris, and Tyler James Williams, Dear White People
is a satire about race relations at an Ivy League college. It premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival and ended up as one of 2014's critics favorites, some deeming it an instant cult classic.
"I tried to put myself in the culture. That can be difficult when, along the way, there's really nothing there to tell you that you belong there," Simien continued during his speech. "I'm very grateful. If you don't see yourself in the culture, please put yourself there, because we need you. We need to see the world from your eyes."
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