Filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain delivers a moving account of the life of black playwright, communist, feminist, lesbian, and outspoken trailblazer Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), a pivotal voice among black intellectuals of her time. Her legendary play, A Raisin in the Sun—the first Broadway play written by a black woman—depicts the struggle for dignity of black Americans living under segregation in Chicago with a resonance that persists to the present day. In Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, Tracy Heather Strain unveils the woman behind the words, revealing what it meant to be young, gifted and black in Hansberry’s world and remembering a light lost way too soon.
Q&A with director Tracy Heather Strain to follow
Tracy Heather Strain is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and producer. Her previous directing credits include episodes of miniseries Unnatural Causes and I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts, and episodes of PBS’ American Experience and Race: The Power of an Illusion. Strain is also the president and CEO of Boston-based media company The Film Posse, which she runs with her husband, Randall MacLowry.