The Rachel Divide2018
The Rachel Divide (2018)
Critic Consensus: Compelling and disturbing in occasionally unintended ways, The Rachel Divide uses one woman's infamy to examine modern American race relations.
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In the end, the film raises more questions than it answers: is this a sympathetic portrait or a hatchet job? Is Dolezal a pioneer or mentally unstable? Would she have the same air time if she were a black woman pretending to be white?
"The Rachel Divide" becomes a disturbing and enthralling drama of the American family, the pain of its truths and its fictions.
Its title is a bit too clever, but The Rachel Divide takes a largely serious, respectful and dignified approach toward a subject many would say is undeserving.
Brownson has done exactly what she needed to: show how Dolezal was formed, how society responded to her insistence that "race is a construct," and how she's coping in the face of such relentless hatred.
It's devastating to see so many innocent people torn down by Dolezal's deceit, and The Rachel Divide benefits immensely by highlighting their voices, including those of some of the NAACP members she worked with.
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There is a tremendously intriguing subject for debate in the middle of this - the possibility of transracial identity, which has already raised a lot of controversy - but the film remains mostly on the surface and never goes deep enough into the complexity of what this could mean.
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