A Closer Look at the Toni Morrison Documentary “The Pieces I Am”

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is an artful and intimate meditation on legendary storyteller Toni Morrison examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America and the human condition. In addition to Ms. Morrison, the film features interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and more.

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The documentary also offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels The Bluest Eye, Sula and Song of Solomon, her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am will be in select theaters June 21st and available to stream on HULU.

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