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Ever want to sit down and talk to the late Toni Morrison about her groundbreaking work and her fearless life? The celebrated documentary about the award-winning author, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, is as close as most of us could get to a conversation with the literary icon. Want more reasons why you should join us on November 7 at 6 p.m. for a screening of the film called “required viewing” by critics? See below.
- Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who was a friend of Morrison’s for over 35 years, the film isn’t a resume read on screen. It is an intimate look into the life, mind, and heart of one of the most influential writers of our time.
- She proudly #writeslikeagirl, and was inspired to do so because of her own personal experience—because no one took “the little black girl” seriously.
- In 1993, Morrison was the first African American to win the Nobel Prize for literature.
- She used her talent to shine a light on the lives of black women, which were historically left out of mainstream narrative.
- Morrison was no stranger to controversy, often hurled at her for writing “only about black characters.” Watching her dismantle that criticism and explain her steadfast determination to never indulge the white gaze, is worthy itself of a standing ovation. “I am writing for black people,” said Morrison. “I don’t have to apologize or consider myself limited because I don’t [write about white people], which is also absolutely not true… The point is not having the white critic sit on your shoulder and approve it.”
- On-screen icons like Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Sonia Sanchez, and Robert Gottlieb, are featured in the film, giving insight into their own personal experience with Morrison’s work.
- After the screening, stick around for a panel discussion with local thought leaders and join in on this critical conversation!
And if none of these reasons speaks to you, perhaps the words of A.O. Scott of The New York Times will: “This generous and intelligent documentary… offers a look at Morrison than can complement an acquaintance with her work and inspire new reading. It’s less a biography than an extended essay, which is entirely a good thing… She is candid, funny and sometimes guarded… She has written about private pain and collective trauma as tenderly and ruthlessly as anyone, and therefore the most startling - and most moving - thing about encountering her on screen is her buoyancy, the enjoyment she finds in being herself… [The film] offers… the profound pleasure of her company.”
Reserve your complimentary seat today! We look forward to seeing you there.