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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

This American Masters documentary about one of our country’s greatest novelists is rich with insights about Blackness in general and the experience of working Black women in particular. The film is most compelling when it addresses Morrison’s life in the 1970s, when she juggled writing, teaching, an editing career (in which she worked with, among others, Angela Davis and Muhammad Ali), and parenthood. Yet there are numerous lessons to be gained from the sections on Morrison’s childhood in working-class Ohio (which inspired much of her fiction) and the popular reception of her books (which speaks to how Black women are regarded in the American public sphere). The interviewees—including Morrison, Davis, Oprah Winfrey, Walter Mosley, and New Yorker critic Hilton Als—are consistently thoughtful and eloquent; at times they convey the musicality and intellectual density of Morrison’s prose. The tone is generally celebratory and, given Morrison’s extraordinary impact on American letters, deservedly so. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders directed.

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Director:

  • Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Producers:

  • Chad Thompson
  • Johanna Giebelhaus
  • Michael Kantor
  • Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
  • Tommy Walker

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