Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

85
  • PG-13
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Release year: 2019
  • Running time: 120 min
From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad 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... read more
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From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad 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 work. 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 novels, including “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. In addition to Ms. Morrison, the documentary features interviews with Angela Davis, Hilton Als, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez, Farah Griffin, and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film.

Original Release

06/21/2019

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Cast

Toni Morrison Herself / Self
Hilton Als Himself / Self
Oprah Winfrey Herself / Self
Russell Banks Himself / Self
Angela Davis Herself / Self
Robert Gottlieb Himself / Self
Walter Mosley Himself / Self
Fran Lebowitz Herself / Self
Peter Sellars Self
Farah Griffin Self
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Cast

Toni Morrison Herself / Self
Hilton Als Himself / Self
Oprah Winfrey Herself / Self
Russell Banks Himself / Self
Angela Davis Herself / Self
Robert Gottlieb Himself / Self
Walter Mosley Himself / Self
Fran Lebowitz Herself / Self
Peter Sellars Self
Farah Griffin Self
Paula Giddings Self
David Carrasco Self
Richard Danielpour Self
Bill Moyers Self
Charlie Rose Self
Dick Cavett Self (archive footage)
Muhammad Ali Self (archive footage)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Self (archive footage)
Barack Obama Self (archive footage)
June Jordan Self (archive footage)

Producers

Editors

Johanna Giebelhaus

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