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This winter, PBS American Master Series is releasing filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain’s Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart. The film is an astute exploration of the celebrated playwright’s life.
About the film:
On March 11, 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway and changed the face of American theater forever. Depicting the limitations of the American dream through the lives of a black family on Chicago’s South Side, the play’s richly drawn characters and unprecedented subject matter attracted record crowds and earned it the coveted top prize from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle. But while the play is universally seen as a groundbreaking work of art, the fascinating story of Hansberry’s life is far less well known.