The next entry in the Henry Hampton Film Series, Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart, will be screened on Thursday, January 25 at 4 p.m. in Whitaker Hall Auditorium on the Danforth Campus of Washington University.
The documentary film looks at the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), the playwright and activist who wrote the acclaimed drama A Raisin in the Sun (1959), the first play by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway. The screening is free and open to the public.
Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, explores Hansberry’s early years in segregated Chicago, her work as a groundbreaking journalist, and her pursuits as an activist, as she fought against racism, gender discrimination, and homophobia. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Tracy Heather Strain and producer Randall MacLowry, who utilized the Libraries’ Henry Hampton Collection while researching the film.
The Henry Hampton Film Series premiered in 2014 and seeks to share documentary films made by minority filmmakers or that depict the stories of often underrepresented groups with a focus on the African-American experience.
The January 25 screening is co-presented by Washington University’s Department of African and African American Studies, Washington University Libraries, and Cinema St. Louis.