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Watch the Trailer for Toni Morrison’s Biopic Documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
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Toni Morrison has a biopic trailer coming soon. The documentary is titled Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, and has already been screened at the Sundance Film Festival where it premiered earlier this year, as well as the Miami, Cleveland, Montclair and Wisconsin Film Festivals.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is an inside look in the Nobel Laureate’s life vis-à-vis the themes that have pervaded her entire writing career. In the trailer, she says she loves being labelled as “black writer” [as opposed to just ‘writer’]. She says navigating a “white male world [while editor at Random House] was not threatening, it wasn’t even interesting. I was more interesting than they were, and I wasn’t afraid to show it.”

On the time that her book Paradise Found was banned by the Texas Bureau of Corrections because it might incite a riot, she says emphatically, “I thought, how powerful is that?”

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Toni Morrison | Photo credit: Filmmaker Magazine

The trailer to the delightful, energetic and inspiring biopic which was released by Magnolia Pictures four hours ago on YouTube, features Toni on Camera, interview style reminiscing on her phenomenal career.  In it, Toni Morrison is mostly cheerful, fierce, nostalgic, as she looks back on a glittering storytelling career built on deconstructing the master narrative. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is weaved with a collection of personality, art, history, literature and includes conversations about her celebrated novels The Bluest Eye, Sula and Song of Solomon, her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature, as well as her teaching career.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is directed by photographer & filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who has other notable works including The Black ListThe Latino List, and The Out List under his belt. Magnolia Pictures will release The Pieces I Am from June 21st, 2019.

Watch the trailer below:


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