Women’s History Month Film Series – Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart

Date / Time

March 12, 2019

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


This documentary sheds valuable light on all aspects of Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, including the daunting challenge of securing investment and a venue for this production about a working
class Black family, the casting process, artistic debates and finally its public reception.

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 as well
as writer Amiri Baraka along with excerpts from the 1961 Hollywood movie.

Additionally, the film reveals how central feminism was to her ideas and boldly acknowledges (using her diary entries) her same gender relationships and private lesbian identity before the appearance of the
gay rights movement.

Film description from Kanopy.com.

Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival. Winner of the John O’Connor Award from the American Historical Association.

Light refreshments will be served while supplies last.
i-card required for entry.

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