Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

(USA, 2013, 84 mins)
Director:
CAST Alice Walker, Howard Zinn, Quincy Jones, Sapphire
Classification:
Promotional Partner - Vancouver Writers Festival and City of Vancouver

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This film tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper thin shack in the cotton fields of Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the twentieth Century. Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple. A universal story of triumph against all odds not that different from Walker’s own. Born, the eight child of sharecroppers, her early life unfolded in the midst of violent racism and poverty during some of the most turbulent years of social/political changes in the US. The film offers a penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, a self confessed renegade and human rights activist.

"If Pratibha Parmar’s documentary on the life’s work of Alice Walker is the director’s invitation to exalt with connected, layered complexity the artist, the activist, the woman, the person of colour as cultural icon, - then the parting words of Alice Walker invoke a simpler message of connectedness to her own art, her beauty and her truth. In Walker’s words:’Earth was meant for joy. And as an artist, connect with that joy. And you will be forever fed by it.’” Jana Sante, Indiewire