“Serious drama that has an objective about making a larger statement about life I think sooner or later has to become involved in its time.” ‘Sighted Eye/Feeling Heart’ gives us a moving account of the life of Black playwright, communist, feminist, lesbian, and outspoken trailblazer Lorraine Hansberry. “Hansberry is important for having written ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ the most celebrated play by an African-American author considered one of the great plays of the 20th century.”
“She was reaching into the essence of who we were, who we are, where we came from.” “It isn’t as if we got up today and said what can we do to irate America.” “Lorraine was a very political person. Her plays were her jumping off place.”
“She fought the oppression of women, against race discrimination, poverty, class. Lorraine wasn’t just a conventional main stream liberal she was a left-wing radical.” An outspoken trailblazer at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. She led an active life, befriending James Baldwin, inspiring Nina Simone, breaking barriers from Broadway to Hollywood, being monitored by the FBI, and seeking love on her own terms, all before her untimely death at age 34.
“As a middle-class black woman Hansberry was supposed to live a conventional life. In her early years in New York she was not living a conventional life.” “She’s living this parallel life and writing about it. She was a profound thinker.” Directed by Tracy Heather Strain, drawing upon multiple archives, including rare interview footage with Hansberry, the documentary features a wide range of her contemporaries.
Tony Award–winning actor Anika Noni Rose gives voice to Hansberry’s words. The film goes deep into the stage and screen productions of Hansberry’s landmark work A Raisin in the Sun, about at Black family in her hometown Chicago. We hear from Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett Jr., and others involved in its productions.
“An oppressive society will dehumanize everyone involved.” The film title comes from Hansberry’s view that “one can not live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world.” The PBS documentary is premiering in January 2018.
Source: YouTube, http://www.tiff.net/tiff/sighted-eyesfeeling-heart/