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This movie was surprisingly woke for Disney of 2002. The film is set in the late 1970’s, and in it, a white South African girl by the name of Mahree goes on a foreign exchange to live with a black host family — the Dellums — in Washington, D.C. Mr. Dellum is a congressman. The film is in the midst of apartheid; Steve Biko being captured and killed by the police serves as a major plot point; and Mahree, a white girl who has never once challenged her own assumptions about the apartheid system, discovers a lot about what apartheid actually means to people of color through Piper, and her family. She is, in turn, challenged by the Dellums and by the end of the film, returns to South Africa with a DNC patch stitched inside of her coat, a small act of resistance from her racist father and the comfort with which they enjoy apartheid.
New Niche Score, 10/10: Learns not to be racist.