'The Rachel Divide'
Rachel Dolezal became a national talking point in 2015 when the former president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP was revealed to be white. Suddenly, she went from everyday Pacific Northwesterner to a late-night punchline and a Rorschach test for how Americans view/discuss race. This stunning Netflix doc examines both the factors leading up to her resignation and her current living situation as an unemployed hairdresser raising two African-American boys. The nature of the film can't help but humanize its subject's situation to a degree – but director Laura Brownson doesn't take sides, presenting viewers with Dolezal's argument that she's "trans-black" then allowing them to make up their own minds. One of the fest's best. JN