Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is an artful and uplifting documentary on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel Prize-winner.
“Will make you want to go out and buy all of her books immediately.” – Lorry Kikta, Film Threat
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 work. 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 novels, including 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 Ms. Morrison, the documentary features interviews with Angela Davis, Hilton Als, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez, Farah Griffin, and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel Beloved into a feature film. (Dir. by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019, USA, 119 mins., Not Rated)
July’s Reel Reads Selection! Purchase a copy of God Help the Child by Toni Morrison during the month of July and receive a special “Loft Reel Reads” discount off the cover price – 20% for Loft members and 10% for the general public. Copies of the book are available at The Loft Cinema and Antigone Books.
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