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The Rachel Divide (2018)

TV-MA | | Documentary | 27 April 2018 (USA)
Rachel Dolezal becomes a social phenomenon when she passes herself off as an African American and becomes the head of her local N.A.A.C.P. chapter.

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Laura Brownson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rachel Dolezal ... Herself
Franklin Dolezal ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siobhan Abrams Siobhan Abrams ... Herself
Vanessa Bayer ... Herself (archive footage)
Tim Black ... Himself
Tamar Braxton ... Herself (archive footage)
Esther Dolezal Esther Dolezal ... Himself
Izaiah Dolezal Izaiah Dolezal ... Himself
Lawrence Dolezal Lawrence Dolezal ... Himself (archive footage)
Ruthanne Dolezal Ruthanne Dolezal ... Herself (archive footage)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself (archive footage)
Savannah Guthrie ... Herself (archive footage)
Melissa Harris-Perry ... Herself (archive footage)
Chris Hayes ... (archive footage)
Adrienne Houghton ... Herself (archive footage)
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Rachel Dolezal became infamous when she was unmasked as a white woman living as the black head of her local N.A.A.C.P. chapter. Her unbelievable story issued a direct challenge to the sensitive topics of race and identity, while playing into the age of viral media. Whether she was hated or simply misunderstood, Dolezal touched a collective nerve in the racially charged contemporary, causing her to burst into the public consciousness. Filming exclusively with Dolezal, her sons, and her adoptive sister Esther, documentarian Laura Brownson delves into the motivations and personal life of this divisive and controversial figure; in doing so, she explores the troubled past that has informed Dolezal's confusing present and uncertain future. Executive produced by Academy Award®-winner Roger Ross Williams, The Rachel Divide is a fully realized portrait of a life more complex than any tabloid would lead its readers to believe. The film demands the question: Is Dolezal truly "trans-black," as ...

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Who does she think she is?

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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Czarno-biała historia Rachel Dolezal See more »

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Franklin: All my mom did is say she was black and people just lost their minds
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Artist with poor personal judgement remakes herself as a way of dealing with her personal demons
26 June 2018 | by tetrahexSee all my reviews

It was interesting to see the back story of someone who would go this far to disassociate themselves from reality. But in a way you can see that she's not fallen as far from the tree as she imagines, the white savior like her parents, adopting black children, just in a different way, fueled by religious fervor of a moral crusade. Her artistic skill is surprisingly good, its a shame she wasted it to become part of the diversity and grievance industry. But that's the thing this film reveals, she can barely fix her own life let alone anyone elses, a single mother, divorced, saddled with many children, while divorced has another child against the fathers wishes while she has no job. Is she trying to live an ugly stereotype and bring it to life? The doc does fail to really delve deeper into what she got herself into, the vast infrastructure of the diversity industry. How this nobody became a NAACP branch president, where did they get their money, how was she teaching courses in colleges? The vast flows of money to create these human networks of diversity propagandists is something a netflix doc is never going to deal with, and that's too bad, because it destroys lives, not just Rachels, but those it indoctrinates with the poison of a history and identity of grievance. She might have been a decent artist, maybe even a history teacher, if she had not tried to be what she was not and had spent her time on herself rather than trying to be the white savior. When she joined the game of identity politics she learned the lesson that the content of her character meant nothing. That is the lesson of her life, and this film.


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