Sunday, September 23, 2018
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a film screening about the life and work of playwright Lorraine Hansberry. This program is free and open to the public.
About the Film
When Lorraine Hansberry’s now classic A Raisin in the Sun premiered on Broadway in 1959 (the first play by a Black woman to do so), actress Ruby Dee recalls marveling how it “opened a new chapter in theater, that included Black people.” While most may know the widely studied and performed A Raisin in the Sun as their only reference point for Hansberry, the documentary Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart makes abundantly clear that there is much more to know about her. The film draws attention to some of the most outstanding issues of the mid-Twentieth Century and beyond (racial injustice, colonialism, feminism, class divisions, sexuality) and addresses the role of artists and intellectuals in bringing them to center stage.
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart sheds valuable light on all aspects of the film production of A Raisin in the Sun–including the daunting challenge of securing investment and a venue for a movie about a working class Black family, the casting process, artistic debates and finally its public reception. The documentary 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.
Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart reveals how central feminism was to Ms. Hansberry’s ideas and boldly acknowledges (using her diary entries) her same gender relationships and private lesbian identity before the appearance of the gay rights movement.
The documentary’s title comes from Hansberry’s belief that “one cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world.” A must see!
Registration is closed for this event.