February 06, 2014
LAWT Wire Services
“American Masters – Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth,” which traces the author’s personal and professional journey from her birth into a family of sharecroppers in Eatonton, Ga., premieres nationally Friday, February 7 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).
Walker made history as the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her seminal novel The Color Purple (1982), for which she won the National Book Award.
Presented on PBS in honor of Walker’s 70th birthday and Black History Month, filmmakerPratibha Parmar’s new documentary tells Walker’s dramatic life story with poetry and lyricism, and features new interviews with Walker, Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover,Quincy Jones, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire and the late Howard Zinn in one of his final interviews.
“As a filmmaker, one of the deepest desires is to engage the audience in the conversation unfolding on screen. I am thrilled to offer this in ‘Beauty In Truth,’ where Alice’s openness, warmth and on-screen intimacy reflects our long history of kinship,” said Parmar. “Making ‘Beauty In Truth’ has been an adventure of discovery and sheer inspiration. I’m so pleased it will have a national audience on American Masters.”