The film premiered in competition in the US Dramatic Category at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014. The film had a theatrical release in United States on October 17, 2014.

Dear White People, Justin Simien's thrillingly sharp-witted comedy of race and identity in the US, is about a group of collegiate characters, black and white, who are living out what seems at first to be a dream of integration and equality.

A biracial student (Tessa Thompson) tries to shake up race relations at her Ivy-League college by forcing her traditionally black residence hall to diversify.

Everyone should see this movie, and everyone will see it a little differently. Maybe you will think it goes too far, or not far enough.