The movie Pariah, now out on DVD, Blu-Ray and iTunes, is a coming of age story about a Brooklyn teenager, Alike (ah-lee-kay), struggling with her sexual identity. I don’t want to diminish the movie’s story line in anyway by being so brief in my description; no, but I would like to share a piece from the movie. The following poem is written (in the film) by Alike once she finds her voice and embraces her identity as a lesbian. It is quite powerful and simply beautiful.
Heartbreak opens onto the sunriseFor even breaking is openingAnd I am brokenI’m openBroken to the new light without pushing inOpen to the possibilities within, pushing outSee the love shine in through my cracks?See the light shine out through me?I am brokenI am openI am broken openSee the love light shining through meShining through my cracksThrough the gapsMy spirit takes journeyMy spirit takes flightCould not have risen otherwiseAnd I am not runningI’m choosingRunning is not a choice from the breakingBreaking is freeingBroken is freedomI am not brokenI’m free.~ Spoken by Alike (Adepero Oduye)Written by Dee Rees