Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

  • Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
  • United States
  • 2019
  • 120 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests

Back when American author Toni Morrison (1931-2019) learned to read and write as a young girl, it was by no means a given for someone of her gender and skin color. But she had an immense love of language and storytelling. Starting her career in teaching, she became an editor at Random House, and then the author of famous novels such as The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved. She received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

Morrison gave a completely new meaning to the idea of “black literature.” In the long interview that forms the backbone of this film portrait, she says, “I spent my entire writing life trying to make sure that the white gaze was not the dominant one in any of my books.” While her work certainly gave space to previously unheard black perspectives and stories, it was ultimately concerned with the true nature of humanity. Her writing inspired many other people, as we discover in interviews with fellow African-American writers and cultural icons, including Oprah, Angela Davis and Walter Mosley.

Credits

  • 120 min
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English
Director
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Production
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Johanna Giebelhaus, Chad Thompson, Tommy Walker, Perfect Day Films Inc
Executive producer
Michael Kantor
Cinematography
Graham Willoughby
Editing
Johanna Giebelhaus

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