Watch trailer: New film 'Dear White People' explores race in a clever, comedic way

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“Dear white people, a minimum requirement of black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised to two.”

That is opening line of a newly released trailer for Lionsgate’s upcoming film provocatively titled Dear White People — and by the looks of the snippet, it seems like a wittily-assembled film that packs a solid punch with a comedic blow.

The film explores modern-day life in a “post-racial” America and how four black students at one predominately white Ivy League university express their racial identity.

The preview in the trailer alone is peppered with moments from the film that cleverly broach serious topics of race with the delivery of comedic satire.

It stars actors Tyler Williams (from Everybody Hates Chris), Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, and Brandon Bell.

The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this year and went home with an award and much critical acclaim. (Read one review from Zeba Blay at Shadow and Act who claimed the film was the “cinematic answer to the year of the ‘race-themed’ film.”)

The film is expected to hit theaters later this year on October 17. Watch the trailer for the movie above and tell us what you think in the comments below.

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