Lorraine Hansberry, playwright of A Raisin in the Sun (premiering in 1959) was the first Black woman to have her work produced on Broadway. Many people only know of Hansberry for that achievement but the documentary Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart makes abundantly clear that there is so much more to know.
The filmmakers combed archives worldwide and had unprecedented access to Hansberry’s personal papers, archives, home movies and photos in order to present her complex and regrettably brief life. Like her writing and activism, the film draws attention to some of the most outstanding issues of the mid-Twentieth Century and beyond (racial justice, colonialism, feminism, class divisions, sexuality) and addresses the role of artists and intellectuals in bringing them to center stage.
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