Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

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January 12 • 7PM | 3098 E. 10th Street


When Lorraine Hansberry premiered  A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway in 1959 (the first play by a Black woman to do so) actress Ruby Dee recalls marveling how it “opened a new chapter in theater, that included Black people.” While most may know the widely studied and performed A Raisin in the Sun as their only reference point for Hansberry, the documentary makes it abundantly clear that there is much more to know about the author. The filmmakers combed archives worldwide with unprecedented access to Hansberry’s personal papers, archives, home movies and photos in order to present her complex life. Like her writing and activism, the film draws attention to some of the most outstanding issues of the mid-Twentieth Century and beyond (racial justice, colonialism, feminism, class divisions, sexuality) and addresses the role of artists and intellectuals in bringing them to center stage. The film features interviews with the play’s original cast members, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Glynn Turman, director Lloyd Richards, producer Phil Rose, supporter Harry Belafonte, and writer Amiri Baraka.

After the film, Cornelius Moore (California Newsreel) leads a conversation about the 14 year journey towards completing the film, why Hansberry’s complicated life story and cultural production is important to the social and political landscape, and why California Newsreel got involved.

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“Do I remain a revolutionary? Intellectually -- without a doubt. But am I prepared to give my body to the struggle or even my comforts? This is what I puzzle about.” Lorraine Hansberry

Year: 2017
Length: 118’
Nation: USA
Language: English
Director: Tracy Heather Strain