New documentary, life of TONI MORRISON

Regal and revered–reigning supreme in literary acclaim, accomplishment and authorship—Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison is a force of nature and, honestly for many, can only be absorbed in pieces, thus the title of the authentically proffered documentary, TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM.

Chronicling her early childhood–framed against a backdrop of racist America, feminist America and global impact America—up through the contemporary lens of present day iconic success, we see chapters in the life of this brilliant creative genius from filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

He has bequeathed us an extraordinary gift.

Magnolia Pictures acquired the documentary, currently making film festival rounds. The 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival’s Bay Area screening is set for Saturday, April 20, 7:30 PM at Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive. The film’s running time is 119 minutes.


TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM offers 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 Muhammed 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.

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 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.

Ms. Morrison’s latest book is “The Source of Self-Regard,” Knopf, ISBN: 978-0-525-52103-7.


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