August Wilson Center
Women’s History Month in the Cultural District will culminate with a film screening and panel discussion exploring the life and legacy of groundbreaking African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry.
Directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, Tracy Heather Strain, “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” is the first-ever feature documentary about the visionary writer and activist.
Chronicling Hansberry’s commitment to fighting injustice and using art as a medium for activism, the film includes interviews with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte and Louis Gossett, Jr. Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose provides the voice of Hansberry.
The screening will be followed by a discussion and a reception with music by female jazz trio, A.I.R.
The first Black female to have a play performed on Broadway, Hansberry is best known for her 1959 masterpiece, “A Raisin in the Sun.” At age 29, she became the first African American dramatist, fifth woman and youngest playwright to win New York’s Drama Critic’s Circle Award.