Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

September 28, 2019

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

In this artful portrait, acclaimed novelist Toni Morrison shows she is as spirited and wise in person as she is in print.


With the peerless style and complex perspective on Black America she brought to such acclaimed novels as Beloved, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison has earned a reputation as one of America's greatest writers. 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, this new film offers an artfully intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist.

Morrison leads an assembly of her friends, critics and colleagues in an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own writings. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about many of Morrison's critically acclaimed works, her role as an editor of iconic African American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University. Featuring interviews with fans ranging from Oprah Winfrey to Fran Lebowitz, this moving documentary celebrates Morrison's words and monumental legacy. Inspired to write because no one took a "little black girl" seriously, this cultural treasure shows us she is as spirited and wise in person as she is in print. D: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, US, 2019

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“To have the towering Morrison, now 88, willing to face your cameras is a singular gift that keeps on giving throughout the film’s two captivating hours”

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