CHICAGO SUN TIMES: "New Lorraine Hansberry biopic worth every year, every penny, it took."
Mary Mitchell's Chicago Sun Times column, "New Lorraine Hansberry biopic worth every year, every penny, it took," focuses on the upcoming documentary, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, set to debut on PBS stations across the United States on Friday, January 19, 2018.
[Tracy Heather] Strain didn't just craft a documentary about Hansberry's literary gift, but, through reels of archival footage, interviews, photographs and Hansberry's handwritten notes, the filmmaker shows the artist as a civil rights activist and radical journalist.
"Negroes must concern themselves with every single means of struggle; legal, illegal, passive, active, violent and non-violent," Hansberry wrote in 1962. "They must harass, debate, petition, boycott, sing hymns, pray on steps — and shoot from their windows when the racists come cruising through their communities."
Hansberry was a member of the Communist Party and ran in circles that included black artists, performers and activists including leading intellectuals W.E.B DuBois, Paul Robeson, James Baldwin, and [Martin Luther King], which made her a target of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI.
But that didn't deter her.
"One cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know and read of the miseries which affect the world,” she said.