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WTCI Presents Free Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Screening
February 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Free
Organizer: WTCI-PBS, Phone: 423-702-7819 www.wtcitv.org
WTCI will host a free screening of the new documentary, American Masters – Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart at the Palace Theater on February 15th.
When Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway it changed the face of American theater forever and she, as the first-ever black woman to author a play performed on such a coveted stage, did not shy away from unprecedented subject matter. This documentary portrays the story of her lifetime commitment to fighting injustice and how she found her way to the theater as her medium for activism at a crucial time for black civil rights. This free screening will begin at 6 PM and tickets can be reserved online at www.wtciTV.org/palace.
Sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, Allied Eye and Brody Jewelers, this free monthly film screening series is hosted by WTCI and invites audiences to enjoy quality, trusted PBS content in a unique new community venue.
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is a part of American Masters’ year-long Inspiring Woman campaign. This film focuses on the life of the late playwright and activist best known for A Raisin in the Sun, the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. The film’s title reflects Hansberry’s view that “one cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world.”
Featuring Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose as the voice of Hansberry, interviews with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte and Louis Gossett, Jr. and narration by LaTanya Richardson Jackson, this film is the first in-depth presentation of Hansberry’s complex life. Guests will explore the influences that shaped the childhood, future art and activism of a woman who believed that words could change society.
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