The breakout star of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Dear White People, tells the story of a group of college students, dealing with racial politics, sex, self-worth and finding themselves.

Dear White People is writer and director Justin Simien’s debut feature film. It is a biting satire on race from either side of the aisle that is as funny as it is thought-provoking. Simien’s direction and writing is impressive and the film’s actors (Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson and Kyle Gailner) are just as impressive. We too often endure college campus films that tend not to say a thing. This is not to imply that the genre has to say something but it is welcome when one does. Dear White People uses it’s setting to amplify it’s narrative; the campus that houses the characters within Dear White People pits them against one another, in lengthy conversations and debates, asking questions that need to be asked, having conversations that need to be had and inviting the audience in.

The film allows for a dialogue to form between the audience and the film itself. You will leave the film wanting to discuss what you’ve just watched. Dear White People is a comedy that delivers the laughs, but is so much more. Outside of its main discussion on race, the film also has themes about self-worth, identification, fitting in and everything that encompasses not only university life but also each passing day. The dialogue is quick, hilarious and snappy. And this being Simien’s first feature-length film, it is impressively made without feeling too amateurish.

Dear White People is a confident, funny, fierce and invigorating film that is as necessary as it is enjoyable.