'Dear White People' Teaser Pokes Fun at 'The Butler,' 'The Help' (Video)

The Sundance-premiered satire centers on black students on a contemporary college campus.

The satirical Dear White People has premiered a new teaser.

The feature writing and directorial debut of Justin Simien, Dear White People follows four black students at the Ivy League stand-in Winchester University, where they are marginalized by the campus’s culture and administration. It stars Tessa Thompson, Brandon Bell, Teyonah Parris and Tyler James Williams.

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The trailer lightly jabs recent films about race relations, characterizing Dear White People as “in the tradition of The Help, The Blindside and The Butler.” It then introduces Thompson’s Samantha White with her explanation of a paper she wrote on why Gremlins is about suburban white fear of black culture: “The Gremlins are loud, talk in slang, are addicted to fried chicken and freak out when you get their hair wet.”

The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was reviewed positively by The Hollywood Reporter. “Justin Simien's feature recalls other memorably promising debuts — by filmmakers named Spike, for instance, whether Lee or Jonze,” critic Justin Lowe wrote. It won a special jury award for breakthrough talent at the festival.

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The film was produced by Duly Noted and Homegrown Pictures. It will be given limited release by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions on Oct. 17.

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