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Country: UNITED KINGDOM, USA
Run Time: 84 minutes
Alice Walker never did things the way somebody told her to, but the way she had to. ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH is a loving portrait of the passionate personality that made the Pulitzer Prize-winning activist-author a revered and criticized figure. An African-American sharecropper’s daughter, Alice graduated from Sarah Lawrence, aided by her determined mother. Walker’s 1967 marriage to Jewish civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal broke miscegenation laws in their home state of Mississippi. Never shy of controversy, Walker’s novels show the human cost to people struggling for their rights—The Color Purple in particular caused huge protests. ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH incorporates interviews (her associates include Howard Zinn, Angela Davis, Steven Spielberg, Gloria Steinem, and Whoopi Goldberg) with snapshots, civil rights footage, and readings by the author. While still active in Africa and the Middle East, Alice Walker continues to seek tranquility in the regenerative power of nature. This powerful film displays the many facets of an American icon’s unyielding character. —B.B.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM
Shaker Square Cinemas
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Film Is Art
Women of the World
Standing Up Films
Recommended for Middle School +
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
"A Place of Rage" (1991), "Warrior Marks" (1993), "Nina's Heavenly Delights" (2006), ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH (2013)
Pratibha Parmar, Paul Monaghan, Linda Peckham