Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am



Ticket Prices
General Public:$5.00
Film Info
Program:First Thursday Films @ the Capri
Release Year:2019
Runtime:120 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Magnolia Pictures
Director:Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Executive Producer:Michael Kantor
Producer:Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Johanna Giebelhaus
Chad Thompson
Tommy Walker
Cinematographer:Graham Willoughby
Editor:Johanna Giebelhaus
Principal Cast:Toni Morrison
Angela Davis
Fran Lebowitz
Oprah Winfrey
Hilton Als
Walter Mosley
Sonia Sanchez
Robert Gottlieb
Farah Griffin
Russell Banks
David Carrasco
Paula Giddings
Richard Danielpour


Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.

In addition to Ms. Morrison, the film features interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film. Using Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ elegant portrait-style interviews, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am includes original music by Kathryn Bostic, a specially created opening sequence by artist Mickalene Thomas, and evocative works by other contemporary African-American artists including Kara Walker, Rashid Johnson and Kerry James Marshall.

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