Film Screening – “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart”

Film Screening, Panel Discussion, Screening

Film Screening – “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart”

Tue, Oct 30, 2018 4:00 pm-7:00 pm Dockser Hall 240
Film Screening, Panel Discussion, Screening Tue, Oct 30, 2018
4:00 pm-7:00 pm Dockser Hall 240

Northeastern Center for the Arts is proud to present a screening and panel discussion of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart by Northeastern Professor of Media and Screen Studies and Peabody Award-winning Filmmaker, Tracy Heather Strain. This event is co-presented by Northeastern’s African & African American Studies Program; the department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies; College of Social Sciences and Humanities, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, and the Northeastern School of Law.

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.

Join us on October 30th for a screening and panel discussion of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, 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.

 Tracy Heather Strain (Unnatural Causes, I’ll Make Me a World, American Experience: Building the Alaska Highway) crafts the story of one woman who believed, like many of her generation, that words could change society. Family, friends and colleagues, including Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, her sister Mamie Hansberry, Lloyd Richards, Amiri Baraka and Louis Gossett, Jr., share their personal memories of Hansberry, offering an intimate look at a woman who was, as Poitier says in the film, “reaching into the essence of who we were, who we are, and where we came from.”

Location

Dockser Hall 240