The Rachel Divide, which premieres on Netflix April 27, is a stripped-down look at the former leader of the NAACP’s Spokane branch, who became a national news story when she was exposed for faking her black ancestry and identifying as “trans-black.”
Netflix released the first clip from The Rachel Divide this week, which reveals that her teenage sons are not on the same page as her and feel as though she has done more harm to their life than healing.
“Why didn’t you just let it go away?” he asks, as she attempts an answer about redeeming herself in the public eye. “This is gonna affect more than just your life.”
The documentary is directed by filmmaker Laura Brownson, who explained her motivations for telling Dolezal’s story in an interview with Vulture.
“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,” she said. “Regardless of how people feel about Rachel, I hope the film will challenge audiences to think more deeply about race and identity in America.”