Lorraine Hansberry Feature Length Documentary ‘Sighted Eyes/ Feeling Heart’ To Premiere At TIFF 2017

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Lorraine Hansberry Feature Length Documentary ‘Sighted Eyes/ Feeling Heart’ To Premiere At TIFF 2017
Posted by Wilson Morales

August 27, 2017

Toronto International Film Festival has announced the World Premiere of SIGHTED EYES | FEELING HEART, award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain‘s long-awaited documentary on the life of the iconic playwright, communist, feminist, lesbian, and outspoken trailblazer Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun).

In the late 1950s, when Lorraine Hansberry set out to write a play about the struggles of an ordinary black family on Chicago’s South Side, no work by a female African-American playwright had ever been produced on Broadway. Nearly six decades later her acclaimed, groundbreaking play “A Raisin in the Sun” remains a beloved theatrical jewel, but the fascinating story of its author is not widely known.

Narrated by award-winning actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson and featuring the voice of Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose as Lorraine Hansberry, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is filled with insightful on-camera interviews with those who knew her best, including Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte and Lorraine’s sister Mamie Hansberry.

“I am so delighted that SIGHTED EYES | FEELING HEART is making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival!,” says Strain. “It is a dream come true after so many of years of work on what is the first feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry. She was a powerful chronicler of her times with a voice that resonates today. It is a perfect time to (re)introduce her to the world. I am grateful for the platform to share her story.”

SIGHTED EYES | FEELING HEART will premiere on Friday, September 8th.

 


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