Friday Aug 23
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America and the human condition.
Featuring new interviews with Angela Davis, Hilton Als, and Oprah Winfrey, but the heart of the film is a wide-ranging and candid conversation with the 88-year old master herself as she reflects upon her life and times and how the peculiar push and pull of American life throughout those years has shaped her rich inner life and, by extension, her work.
“Morrison’s boundless joie de vivre and miraculous way with words make her the ideal documentary subject. The film serves as a great primer on her fiction that leave you with an urgent reading list.” – Alex Heeney, Seventh Row
“Most intriguing here is that unlike most subjects of documentaries who are long gone before their life’s work is categorized and placed on display, there is no speculation about Morrison’s journey. She tells it as it was and how it remains to be.” – Aramide Tinubu, Shadow & Act
“THE PIECES I AM offers something else, as a dividend yielded by her achievements and her years on the earth: the profound pleasure of her company.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times