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Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart Film Screening & Talk with D...

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The City College of New York Shepard Hall

259 Convent Avenue

Room 290

New York, NY 10031

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On March 11, 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway and changed the face of American theater forever. As the first-ever black woman to author a play performed on Broadway, she did not shy away from richly drawn characters and unprecedented subject matter. The play attracted record crowds and earned the coveted top prize from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle. While the play is seen as a groundbreaking work of art, the timely story of Hansberry’s life is far less known.

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,a feature documentary by Tracy Heather Strain is the first in-depth presentation of Hansberry’s complex life, using her personal papers and archives, including home movies and rare photos, as source material. The film explores the influences that shaped Hansberry’s childhood, future art and activism. The documentary portrays the writer’s lifetime commitment to fighting injustice and how she found her way to art—the theater—as her medium for activism at a crucial time for black civil rights. Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart also explores her concealed identity as a lesbian and the themes of sexual orientation and societal norms in her works. The film title comes from Hansberry’s view that “one cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world.”

Originally presented on American Masters this past January, the film was directed by Peabody Award-winner Tracy Heather Strain (Unnatural Causes, I’ll Make Me a World, American Experience: Building the Alaska Highway) who will speak after the screening.

This event is sponsored by Third World Newsreel,the Documentary Forum at CCNY and Black Public Media, and cosponsored by the CCNY MFA Film Alliance and the Black Documentary Collective.

At City College Shepard Hall, Rm 290. 259 Convent Ave at 140th St.

Refreshments served.

Directions:

#1 to 137th Street

ABCD to 145th Street

Street parking available after 6 PM.

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