Documentary About A Raisin in the Sun Playwright Lorraine Hansberry Wins Peabody Award

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The PBS American Masters film explores the life and legacy of the first African-American female playwright to have a show on Broadway.
Lorraine Hansberry
Lorraine Hansberry

PBS' American Masters documentary on theatre legend Lorraine Hansberry has won a 2018 Peabody Award.

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is a tribute to the woman who is well-remembered for A Raisin in the Sun and her commitment to social justice work.

The film, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, uses personal writings, home movies, and photographs to tell the life of the author. Also included are interviews with friends and family, including Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, and Louis Gossett, Jr. Tony winner Anika Noni Rose, who appeared in the 2014 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, provides the voice of Hansberry.

Tracy Heather Strain directed the film with LaTonya Richardson Jackson narrating. Jackson, who starred alongside Rose and Denzel Washington in the most recent A Raisin in the Sun revival, is currently onstage in To Kill a Mockingbird.

As previously reported, stage and screen legend Rita Moreno was also honored by the Peabody Awards, becoming the first Latinx recipient of the Career Achievement Award.

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