Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

PBS this Month
American Masters Documentary:
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Just ahead of the opening of Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun as part of our Signature Season, PBS presents the new feature-length documentary, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, which examines Hansberry’s life and work using a remarkable collection of archival footage, home movies, rare photos and unpublished documents.

From growing up in the segregated city of Chicago in the 1930s, to her work as a radical journalist in Harlem in the 1950s — which brought her to the attention of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI — to the moment when she directly confronted Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the film illustrates Hansberry’s unique connection to each of the major social and political movements of her era. The result is a timely and revealing portrait of an activist and artist whose popular recognition has, until now, remained long overdue.

Featuring interviews with Hollywood legends such as Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, and Louis Gossett Jr., who share their personal memories collaborating with Hansberry, Sighted Eyes|Feeling Heart offers an intimate and powerful look at a woman who was, as Poitier says in the film, “reaching into the essence of who we were, who we are, and where we came from.”

    • Fri 1/19 9 p.m. on WCVE/WHTJ
    • Sat 1/20, 12 midnight on WCVW
    • Sat 1/20, 2 a.m. on WCVE/WHTJ
    • Mon 1/22 2 a.m. on WCVE/WHTJ

A Raisin in the Sun opens February 16th at the the November Theatre.

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