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Not Like Everyone Else is a 2006 made-for-television movie that tells the story of a high school student named Brandi Blackbear, who takes on the school board and the administration of her high school in a fight against censorship and discrimination. Brandi Blackbear (played by Alia Shawkat) is a Native American student attending a predominantly white high school in the Pacific Northwest. When she brings a book about Native American history into class to share with her classmates, she is reprimanded by her teacher and told that the book is inappropriate. When Brandi questions why she can't share the book, she is told that the book is too controversial and that the school board has strict guidelines about what can and cannot be taught in the classroom.
Frustrated by the censorship at her school, Brandi takes her fight to the school board, where she is met with resistance from the members who believe that the book is not appropriate for high school students. Brandi's battle for her rights quickly gains national attention and she becomes a hero to those who believe in free speech and equal access to education.
Throughout the film, Brandi faces discrimination from her classmates and school officials who believe that Native Americans are inferior and that their history is not important. Along the way, she meets a teacher named Mrs. Standard (played by Illeana Douglas) who sees her potential and encourages her to continue fighting for what is right.
In addition to her fight against censorship, Brandi also faces personal struggles. Her mother is an alcoholic and her father is absent from her life. She must navigate the challenges of being a teenager while also dealing with the stress of her fight against the school board.
The film is a powerful story of perseverance, courage, and standing up for what is right. Alia Shawkat delivers a strong performance as Brandi, imbuing the character with a sense of determination and conviction that is inspiring to watch. Illeana Douglas is excellent as Mrs. Standard, providing a nuanced portrayal of a teacher who is committed to her students and their education.
The film also features a strong supporting cast, including Eric Schweig as Brandi's uncle who helps her connect with her Native American heritage, and Kacey Rohl as Brandi's best friend who stands by her side throughout her fight.
Director Tom McLoughlin does an excellent job of balancing the personal and political aspects of the story, creating a film that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. The cinematography is beautiful, capturing the lush forests and rugged coastline of the Pacific Northwest.
Overall, Not Like Everyone Else is a must-see film for anyone who believes in the importance of free speech and equal access to education. It is a powerful reminder that young people have the ability to create change and make a difference in the world.