Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

CANCELLED

Festival of Ideas/
Sun 22 March 2020

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

CANCELLED

Toni Morrison
Sun 22 March 2020,

All cinema screenings and events at Watershed have been cancelled. Watershed will be in touch with ticket buyers.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary Nobel-prize winning author, completed shortly before her death.

From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to ʼ70s-era book tours, 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 The Bluest EyeSula and Song of Solomon, her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University. It 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.

The screening on Sunday 22 March will be followed by a panel discussion with Edson Burton (writer, historian and programmer), Madhu Krishnan (professor of African, World and Comparative Literatures, University of Bristol) and Sharmaine Lovegrove (publisher at Dialogue Books).

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