It’s amazing when you think about it, that, to date, there hasn’t
been a feature length documentary about the pioneering playwright and activist
Aside from being the first African American female
playwright to have a play produced on Broadway (Raisin in the Sun, of course, which is now currently in its umpteenth revival with Denzel Washington), Hansberry was a lot more than just a writer. She was also a social critic and activist, writing and agitating about racism and injustice, and even advocating for gay
rights back in the 1950s, decades before it became more common.
And that is one reason why filmmakers Jamila Wignot and Tracy Heather Strain’s currently-in-production documentary
about Hansberry, has the potential to be a significant work.
The filmmakers have set up a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise $100,000 in the next month, to help complete the film. She’s raised just over $34,000 thus far.
Ms Strain wants to complete the documentary in time for
the 50th anniversary of Hansberry’s all too early death at the age
of 34, from cancer, in 1965.
As the filmmakers say, they felt they had to make the film because “Hansberry not only helped change American theater, but made distinctive
contributions to emerging national and international movements: civil rights,
feminism, human rights, gay rights, and anti-colonialism… Her
story reveals possibilities and limitations for African-American artists in
post-World War II America as they sought to juggle the demands of their craft
while serving as civil rights spokespersons.“
Go HERE for the project’s Kickstarter page; or click within the widget underneath.
Watch the video pitch below: