Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Sep 21 to Sep 23
Saturday to Monday 3:30, 8:15pm

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders - 2019 - 120m


"The film will make you want to go out and buy all of her books immediately." - Lorry Kikta, Film Threat

An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. 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. 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.

"Enlivened both by its own storytelling dexterity and by the participation of its subject, who at 87 years old remains as warm, vibrant and insightful as ever." - Nick Schager, Variety

"An informative, if unadventurous appreciation of a great writer." - Caryn James, Hollywood Reporter

"Though clearly made for a wide audience, Greenfield-Sanders doesn't back away from Morrison's candid critiques of racism and misogyny." - Beandrea July, Out Magazine

"Morrison's boundless joie de vivre and miraculous way with words make her the ideal documentary subject. The film serves as a great primer on her fiction that leave you with an urgent reading list." - Alex Heeney Seventh Row

"...getting the opportunity to understand her as a multi-faceted woman, learning to juggle family, health, and career wealth ... was enlightening." -  Kay-B Giddens, Nerds of Prey

"The perfect tribute to a literary queen whose work shall live on for decades transforming even more lives with each passing day." - Carla Renata, The Curvy Film Critic

"Morrison uses 'The Pieces I Am;' to bring up all the little known and the widely received information only to drop it all at the audiences' feet. Her responsibility ends there. She then moves on to the next bit." - Jonita Davis, Black Girl Nerds

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