This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary, Nobel Prize winning storyteller Toni Morrison examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she confronted throughout her literary career. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to ʼ70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with activist Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room — Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, 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. Featuring 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.
Audience discussion following the film will be led by Bill Hart, Professor Emeritus of History, Middlebury College.
Directed by: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Length: 120 minutes
MNFF Selects “Larger Than Life” Series
Sunday, January 8
Town Hall Theater, Middlebury VT