Boots Riley Says ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Isn’t Playing Abroad Because Distributors Think ‘Black’ Movies Don’t Perform Well

IndieWire | 8/6/2018 | Staff
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“Sorry to Bother You” has had a strong showing at the domestic box office, earning nearly $15 million in its first month of release despite never playing in more than 1,050 theaters. In spite of that, Boots Riley’s out-there directorial debut — which stars Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson and premiered at Sundance earlier this year — has yet to play in theaters abroad. Riley thinks he knows why: There’s a stigma against “black” movies, which distributors don’t believe will perform well internationally.

“Even tho we’r outperforming a gang of other movies, distributors r claiming ‘Black movies’ dont do well internationally and r treating...
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