The Rachel Divide

Documentary Competition

World Premiere

USA | 100 MINUTES

THE RACHEL DIVIDE

Documentary, Female Director(s)
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 she describes herself, or is she the ultimate example of white privilege?

—Loren Hammonds

After the premiere screening: A conversation with director, Laura Brownson, executive producer and Academy® Award Winner, Roger Ross Williams, producer Bridget Stokes, and editor, Jeff Gilbert. Moderated by acclaimed director and producer, Lisa Cortes.

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Laura Brownson

Laura Brownson's feature documentary debut Lemon had its U.S. premiere at DOCNYC where it won a Special Jury Prize and went on to screen at numerous film festivals and was broadcast on PBS. Before turning to documentary film, Brownson had a substantial career as producer and creative executive in television and narrative features.
Director
Laura Brownson
Producer
Laura Brownson, Bridget Stokes, Khaliah Neal
Screenwriter
Laura Brownson, Jeff Gilbert
Cinematographer
Jerry Henry, Paul Mailman
Editor
Jeff Gilbert
Executive Producer
Roger Ross Williams

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Charlie Olsky
Cinetic Marketing
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 917 545 7260
Charlie@cineticmedia.com
Print Source
Alexandra Nilsson
Netflix
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 818 389 6111
anilsson@netflix.com