(Above: Toni Morrison. Source: YouTube video)
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, a two-hour documentary about the life and works of the Nobel prize-winning author, debuts tomorrow, June 23, 8 pm ET on PBS stations as part of the network’s American Masters series (check local listings for exact day/time in your area). You’ll also be able to stream the film via PBS.org and PBS apps.
Morrison, who wrote such novels as The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon and Beloved, died in 2019. The documentary, described as “an artful and intimate mediation” on her life, starts with her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio and tracks her career as an acclaimed writer, the first black female editor of literature at Random House, and a Princeton University professor. Along the way, she went on book tours with Muhammad Ali and, in 2012, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In addition to Morrison in her own words, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am includes interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Beloved into a movie. Together, they discuss her works and what they have to say about “race, America, history and the human condition.”
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders directed and co-produced the documentary.
For more about the documentary, visit tonimorrisonfilm.com.
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