*Magnolia Pictures is celebrating Juneteenth with this exclusive clip from the upcoming documentary, TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM.
When Toni Morrison published Beloved, it was an extraordinary turning point in the history of the world because she urged us to imagine people who were slaves as human beings. The novel was awarded The Pulitzer-Prize for its story of a salve, Margaret Garner and her journey to freedom- escaping Kentucky and fleeing to Ohio.
Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19, is the oldest known celebration in remembrance of the ending of slavery, dating back to 1865. Today we commemorate the day that Union soldiers, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that the once enslaved African-Americans had been freed. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.
In theaters this Friday, June 21, TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM is an artful and uplifting documentary on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart), a friend of Toni Morrison’s for over 35 years, the film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
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.