There are many lesbian stereotypes, some 'positive' and some 'negative'. It's important to remember that both can be harmful. Labels can help up navigate a space or situation but they can also be reductive and lead to assumptions. PARIAH according to Indie Wire 'mixes the coming out and coming of age story and pitches it against the backdrop of an African-American family adapting to the shifting cultural sexual tides'. This film is deeply affecting, exciting and beautiful. It was awarded the excellence in cinematography award at Sundance and the New York Times said watching the protagonist is to 'experience the thrill of discovery'.