Focus Features will begin a slow roll out of the lesbian teen drama Pariah next week.

Pariah opens Wednesday in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The film will expand to six additional cities – San Diego, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Cambridge, Dallas and Seattle – on Friday, January 6.

The movie, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, is the debut feature from writer/director Dee Rees. Spike Lee is among the film's executive producers.

The movie is the feature adaptation of Rees' short film of the same name, which screened at the festival in 2008.

In the movie, Alike, an African-American teen, is living with her conservative parents and sister in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood as she begins to affirm her identity as a lesbian. Alike is especially eager to find love. (A trailer for the movie is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Focus Features acquired worldwide rights to the film at its Sundance premiere. Last year, the distributor acquired the Oscar-nominated lesbian moms film The Kids Are All Right at Sundance.