*“American Masters — Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” premieres nationwide Friday, January 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will stream the following day at pbs.org/americanmasters and PBS apps.
Award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain examines the activism and art of Hansberry beyond her most well-known play, 1959’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” The film features interviews with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, and Louis Gossett Jr., narration by award-winning actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and the voice of Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose as Hansberry.
The result is a timely and revealing portrait of an activist and artist whose popular recognition has, until now, remained long overdue.
This documentary is part of American Masters’ Inspiring Woman campaign, which launched January 2017 with “American Masters — Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.”
In the clip below, Sidney Poitier, Lloyd Richard and Ruby Dee reflect on the unprecedented casting of black actors in the Broadway debut of Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”