Award-winning British filmmaker, Pratibha Parmar’s documentary feature film on writer and activist Alice Walker, titled Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth, premieres nationally Friday, February 7 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).
The film, which includes contributions from Danny Glover and Steven Spielberg, among others, was 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.
This film looks at key moments in the life of artist, self-confessed renegade and outlaw, 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), to the release of the groundbreaking and wildly successful novel The Color Purple and its subsequent controversial Hollywood movie adaptation.
Ahead of this Friday’s broadcast debut, PBS has released a new clip from the film, which features archival footage in which Walker reads from the novel for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The text is from a letter the novel’s protagonist, Celie, writes to her sister. Celie recounts the conversation she had with her friend Shug about God.