Based on the story of a real couple and set in Minneapolis, The Gazelle is a romantic comedy that explores racial contradictions humorously yet provocatively, exposing realities and hypocrisies of racism and racial stereotypes in America. Darlene, an African-American female born and raised in Southside Chicago, meets Robert, a suburban Minneapolis-raised white corporate professional male. As the dating relationship progresses, Darlene struggles internally to justify her ever-growing feelings toward Robert and how those feelings contrast with her identity as a black woman. While Darlene is challenged to validate her loyalty to black heritage, Robert becomes starkly aware of the racial assumptions he has held; opening his eyes to systemic ignorance engrained within the culture that has surrounded him throughout his life. Often lighthearted, yet occasionally hard-hitting, The Gazelle is a love story that probes race and relationship dynamics at their core to deliver the fundamental message that we are all something more than skin deep.
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