Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to the lesbian teen drama Pariah.

The movie, which premiered last week 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.

“Dee Rees has made a debut film that celebrates with astonishing artistry the journey of a young woman who simply never gives up on the power of love,” Focus Features CEO James Schamus said. “We're thrilled to join her on this next step of a remarkable journey.”

“They're such smart marketers,” Rees said, referring to Focus Features, “and they love movies, so that we knew Focus was the perfect home for Pariah.”

Focus Features acquired the Oscar-nominated lesbian moms film The Kids Are All Right at last year's Sundance Film Festival.