Join Harrisburg native Tracy Heather Strain and Scott LaMar, host of WITF’s Smart Talk radio program, to view portions of the new documentary film Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart. Mr. LaMar will introduce and interview Ms. Strain, producer of the film.
The event which is free and open to the public, is presented by The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in cooperation with WITF Public Media and The Film Posse. Seating is limited for the screening and reservations are required. Reservations may be made online at witf.org/events or call 717-783-5736.
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, which launched the 2018 season of the PBS series American Masters in January, explores the fascinating life of the first-ever black woman to author a play performed on Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun. Although the play is considered a groundbreaking work of art, the timely story of Hansberry’s life is far less known.
The documentary portrays Hansberry’s lifetime commitment to fighting injustice and how she found her way to the theater as a medium for activism at a crucial time for black civil rights. The film also explores the writer’s concealed identity as a lesbian and the themes of sexual orientation and societal norms in her works. The film title comes from Hansberry’s view that “one cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world.”
The complete documentary film will be re-broadcast on WITF-TV, Sunday, April 29 at 1pm.
Filmmaker and Peabody Award–winner Tracy Heather Strain grew up in Harrisburg and was inspired as a teenager to explore Hansberry’s story when her grandmother took her to a local performance of a play about the writer. Strain has produced several documentaries (Unnatural Causes, I’ll Make Me a World, and American Experience: Building the Alaska Highway, among others) for national public television. She and her husband, filmmaker Randall MacLowry, own The Film Posse, a documentary production company based in Boston.
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is a production of the Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project, LLC, in coproduction with the Independent Television Service and Black Public Media, in association with The Film Posse, Chiz Schultz Inc., and American Masters Pictures.