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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

2019, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, USA, 119 min.


Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 23rd 2:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 23rd 8:15pm
  • Sat, Aug 24th 3:00pm
  • Sat, Aug 24th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Aug 25th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Aug 26th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 27th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 28th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 29th 8:00pm

"This generous and intelligent documentary [is] less a biography than an extended essay, which is entirely a good thing."—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"Moving and profound... does so many things so well that it’s often like watching several fine films at once. Look for this one to be front and center in its category come Oscar time."—Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

Directed by longtime friend and noted photographer Greenfield-Sanders, this documentary portrait of the great African American novelist is as rich and abundant as the extraordinary woman it depicts. At its heart is a meaty interview with Morrison, a warm but formidable presence as she recalls her remarkable life as a book-crazy girl in an Ohio steel town, a schoolteacher raising two children on her own, an influential editor at Random House, and an author who revolutionized writing about race in America en route to winning the Nobel Prize. The film's perspective is broadened by friends and admirers including Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Sonia Sanchez, and Fran Lebowitz, while, in the manner of Morrison's celebrated anthology The Black Book, a steady stream of archival materials and works by notable black artists (Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Kara Walker, et al.) evokes the immensity of African American experience to which she gave such eloquent shape. DCP digital. (MR)

The Friday (8/23) 2:00 pm and Monday (8/26) 6:00 pm screenings are Open-Captioned.

The Saturday (8/24) 3:00 pm screening will include a post-film discussion in our cafe-lounge, featuring Dr. Sheila Baldwin, Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago; the discussion will be about the literary contributions of Toni Morrison.

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