Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Friday, July 26, 6 pm
Cinema+ a post-screening discussion headed by Dr. Kaila Story, Associate Professor, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, with a joint appointment in the Department of Pan African Studies.
“Rousing! Underscores the deeply humanistic soul responsible for broadening the literary landscape.”—Nick Schrager, Variety
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the Nobel Prize-winning legendary storyteller. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the “master” narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels The Bluest Eye, Sula, and Song of Solomon, her role as an editor of iconic African American literature, and her time teaching at Princeton University.
In addition to Toni Morrison, the film features interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez, and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel Beloved into a feature film. Using Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ elegant portrait-style interviews, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am includes original music by Kathryn Bostic, a specially created opening sequence by artist Mickalene Thomas, and evocative works by other contemporary African-American artists including Kara Walker, Rashid Johnson and Kerry James Marshall. A selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. 2019, U.S., DCP, 120 minutes. Recommended for 14+.
Cinema+ a post-screening discussion headed by Dr. Kaila Story, Associate Professor, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, with a joint appointment in the Department of Pan African Studies. Dr. Story holds the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Louisville.