Rachel Dolezal’s Son Drags Mom In Trailer For New Netflix Doc “The Rachel Divide”
“This documentary might just backfire like everything else has backfired,” her son Franklin tells filmmakers in the new trailer for Netflix’s The Rachel Divide.
America, we just can’t seem to get rid of this human troll, Rachel Dolezal, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. You remember Rachel, right? The former branch president of the Spokane, Washington NAACP who lied for years about her African American ancestry. Yup, she quickly became one of the millennium’s most racially controversial people thanks to her reluctance to admit she was born to European-American parents, doubled-down on her self-identification as “trans-black” and remarked that “race is a social construct.”
Well, now, Netflix has followed up with the cultural appropriator in its upcoming documentary, The Rachel Divide. In it, the disgraced public figure and all-around joke of a person is seen in this new trailer discussing the upcoming picture with her biological son Franklin — who isn’t one of her biggest supporters to say the least. “This is gonna affect more than just your life,” he says about the documentary. “If somebody has hope, don’t take that away from them, because maybe that’s all they have,” Dolezal responds.
“Trust me, it is going to bite me in the a–,” he fires back.
Filmmaker Laura Brownson (the mind behind the award-winning 2011 documentary Lemon) spent two years filming Rachel and her two sons to reveal the complex personal motives behind Dolezal’s “transracial” identity — while also chronicling the fury and disapproval that continue to follow her every move. The Rachel Divide is also set to premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival before its April 27 reveal on Netflix. “In making the film, I came to a deeper understanding of the raw nerve that Rachel hits in our society, but I also learned that her motivations to identify as she does are far more complicated than most realize,” Brownson told Vulture. “Regardless of how people feel about Rachel, I hope the film will challenge audiences to think more deeply about race and identity in America.”
Watch the trailer below and share your thoughts on what you’ve seen with us on Twitter @Okayplayer.
SOURCE: The Wrap