Updates on a project we’ve been following for about 2 years now since its IndieGoGo campaign was posted here… award-winning British filmmaker, Pratibha Parmar’s documentary feature film by about writer and activist Alice Walker, titled Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth.
The film, which includes contributions from Danny Glover and Steven Spielberg, among others, has been in the making for some 5 years with a rough cut completed after the filmmaker was able to raise a whopping $55,000 via IndieGoGo in 2011.
Skip ahead to this week, when I was informed by UK-based reader & journalist EC Forde that the completed film made its world premier on Sunday (3/10), as part of Women of the World Festival at Southbank Centre in London.
There were 2 screenings: the first at 6.30pm was followed by a conversation with Alice Walker herself and the director, Pratibha Parmar; The second screening was at 9.30pm, and was introduced by Alice Walker and the director, Pratibha Parmar.
This film looks at key moments in the life of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and outlaw in Alice Walker, and follows the extraordinary journey of Walker from a childhood of poverty and racist violence in the segregated South, her subsequent involvement in the civil rights movement (including her historic interracial marriage), through to the release of the groundbreaking and wildly successful novel ‘The Color Purple’ and its subsequent transformation into a controversial Hollywood movie.
No word on when and where it’ll screen next; but we’ll let you know once we do as I know that many of you are definitely interested in seeing it, based on past comments.
In the meantime, I did come across a 30-minute post-screening interview with Walker and the filmmaker, which took place immediately after the Southbank Center world premiere on Sunday. It’s embedded below and worth a listen:
And here’s an old preview of the film (I’m sure a new one will be cut eventually):