Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth

'alice walker 1.jpg' photo (c) 2003, CODEPINK Women For Peace - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ 
No other activist and writer has influenced my life and my work the way that Alice Walker has.  I have read most of her books and listened to as many as her various speeches and lectures, as I have had access to over the years.  She overwhelms me with her beautiful truth, and her ability to stand firm in the face of such obvious rage and oppression.  Alice ventures, where so many fear to tread.  

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth - Trailer from Kali Films on Vimeo.


ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH is a feature documentary film about the life and times of a foremost American writer. Alice Walker made history as the first Black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1983 for her ground breaking novel The Color Purple, which was made into a successful film by Steven Spielberg.

ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH has been 4 years in the making. During this time we have most definitely rolled up our sleeves, put our heads down and dedicated ourselves to getting this film out in the world by any means necessary. On this ever eventful journey, we have been joined by some truly committed and amazing people who share our vision to tell this inspiring story of hope. We have got this far with the help of generous donations from individuals, grants and awards, major extensions on our personal credit cards and most recently filmmaker support from ITVS. We have now completed 85% of the filming and are working towards the completion of a rough cut. 

The filmmaking team is award-winning filmmaker Pratibha Parmar and producer Shaheen Haq.
There you have it folks, a movie about one of our greatest sheroes produced by women of color.  What a beautiful symmetry.  Unfortunately, donations are needed for the completion of this film. It is hardly surprising considering that the media does not support the work of women and even less so the work of women of color.  They are actively looking for donations for:

  • Funding further key interviews in the US and pickups with Alice Walker  (production costs will include crew and equipment)
  • Funding some editing time on BEAUTY IN TRUTH
  • Funding selected music clearances, such as the awe-inspiring Nina Simone
  • Funding selected archive research for key historical moments in BEAUTY IN TRUTH
I personally have donated to this film.  I understand that times are tough all over, but if you can, please consider supporting this extremely important work.  Thanks largely to Alice, we all know the name Zora Neale Hurston. How many of our foremothers have been lost to us?  For too long the art, work and the life blood of Black women has gone unrecognized, and in this film, we not only have the opportunity to celebrate her contributions, we have the ability to secure an extremely important record for the Black women that come after us.

If you are unable to donate, please consider spreading the word through facebook, twitter or any other social media that you use.  If you would like to reblog this post to help raise awareness, I grant my full permission.  The more people that know about this important work, the better the chance that this film will be produced.