New Documentary Focuses on Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer Alice Walker
Independent filmmakers needs help funding project
Alice Walker, author of the transcending and captivating novel The Color Purple, is now the subject of a documentary about her life and writing.
"Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" focuses on the writer, her works and the controversy surrounding them. Spearheaded by award-winning filmmaker Pratbha Parmar and Shaheen Haq, the documentary sheds light on Walker's early life, growing up on a cotton plantation in rural Georgia in the late 1940s. It also connects the dots between the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and how that shaped Walker's writing.
"Alice is a woman who is certainly right there connected to every single movement that happened in the last 40 years. Intrinsic in her writing is that part of her which, is a citizen of the world, a woman of the world, and an activist and an artist." Danny Glover says in the film. Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Yoko Ono and Steven Spielberg also appear in the documentary along with Walker herself.
The documentary is set to air on PBS, yet filmmakers need help in raising $50,000 to complete the film project in post-production.