A revealing doc about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking “A Raisin in the Sun.”
Directed by Tracy Heather Strain | U.S.A. | 2018 | English | 118 Min
Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. An overnight sensation, the play transformed the American theater and has long been considered a classic, yet the remarkable story of the playwright faded from view. With this documentary, filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten—a passionate artist, committed activist and sought-after public intellectual who waged an outspoken and defiant battle against injustice in 20th-century America. The film reveals Hansberry’s prescient works tackling race, human rights, women’s equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon. Lorraine Hansberry lived much of her 34 years guided by a deep sense of responsibility to others, proclaiming:
“One cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world.”
Q&A with Director Tracy Heather Strain after the screening!
ABOUT DIRECTOR/PRODUCER TRACEY HEATHER STRAIN
Tracy Strain is an award-winning filmmaker and film/video director, producer, writer, and consultant with over 28 years of experience. Lorraine Hansberry was one of her earliest role models, and her film Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart: Lorraine Hansberry is the first feature documentary about the artist. She was coordinating producer for the American Experience episode The Mine Wars, which tells the story of West Virginia coal miners’ uprisings in the early 20th century. In 2004, she braved the Canadian Rockies and Yukon Territory to produce and direct Building the Alaska Highway for American Experience.
She also produced, wrote, and directed two one-hour documentaries for Black side’s 1999 Peabody Award-winning, six-part PBS series I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts. The films profiled Paul Robeson, Augusta Savage, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, James Baldwin, black ballet dancers in the 1950s and 1960s, and included a segment about Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.