Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

1hr 59mins
Directed by
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Toni Morrison, Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am 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. 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 EyeSula and Song of Solomon, her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.

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An eloquent nonfiction biopic that travels creatively through the past.

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Morrison's legacy is more than just the titles on a reading list, and this documentary will likely help many viewers see just how monumental her accomplishments remain.

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The Pieces I Am offers something else, as a dividend yielded by her achievements and her years on the earth: the profound pleasure of her company.

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New York Times