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LONG Métrage | 2013
Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
Pays concerné : Royaume-Uni
Support : 16 mm
Durée : 84 minutes
Genre : portrait
Type : documentaire


L’histoire d’une femme extraordinaire née dans une minuscule cabane dans les champs de coton en Géorgie, devenue une écrivaine majeure du XXe siècle. Alice Walker est la première femme noire à remporter le prix Pulitzer pour son roman mythique, La Couleur pourpre. Par la réalisatrice de Nina’s Heavenly Delights et Jodie: An Icon.

Premier documentaire réalisé sur l’écrivaine Alice Walker, bien connue pour son roman « la couleur pourpre ». Première femme noire à gagner le prix Pulitzer (fiction). Alice Walker n’a cessé de lutter pour plus de justice et d’égalité. Des années’60 à nos jours, sa vie turbulente s’inscrit dans le combat contre l’oppression masculine et blanche.

Un film de Pratibha Parmar

Royaume-Uni, 2013, Documentaire, 1h24 mins, couleur, 16 mm / DVD, anglais st Fr Nl

Distribué par Woman Makes Movies (WMM), New York

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Thèmes : Portrait, Race, Africain-e Americain-e, Gender, Littérature, Mouvement de Femmes, Féminisme, Activisme, Militantisme

Réalisatrice : Pratibha Parmar

2014 | 26ème Cineffable
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ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman. Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple. Her early life unfolded in the midst of violent racism and poverty during some of the most turbulent years of profound social and political changes in North American history during the Civil Rights Movement. Mixing powerful archival footage with moving testimonials from friends and colleagues such as Howard Zinn, Angela Y. Davis, Gloria Steinem, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Quincy Jones, Steven Spielberg and Danny Glover, ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH offers audiences a penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, intellectual, self-confessed renegade and human rights activist.

Born in 1944, eighth child of sharecroppers, her early life unfolded in the midst of violent racism and poverty during some of the most turbulent years of profound social and political changes in North American history. Alice Walker’s inspiring journey is also a story of a country and a people at the fault line of historical changes.
In 2010, Yoko Ono honored Walker with the LennonOno Peace Award, for her ongoing humanitarian work.

A film by Pratibha Parmar

USA, 2013, Documentary, 84 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD

Related Subjects: African American, Gender, Literature, Women’s Movement, Feminism, Activism

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth – Trailer from Kali Films on Vimeo.

The maker of the acclaimed documentaries A PLACE OF RAGE and WARRIOR MARKS turns her camera on the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE COLOR PURPLE.
British filmmaker Pratibha Parmar previously collaborated with Alice Walker on both the documentary and book versions of WARRIOR MARKS, which deals with female genital mutilation. For the present project, the two women rejoin as director and subject respectively, telling Walker’s story. At the same time, the project is conceived as not only a biography of the celebrated author/activist, but the story of race, class, gender, and social change in America during her lifetime.
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« An intimate, exquisitely rendered portrait of one of the great artists of our time. »
Ava DuVernay (Filmmaker & Founder of AAFRM)

« …a much needed contribution to the slow but ever growing archive of African-American women who have indelibly shaped our discourses of race, gender, sexuality, class, and oppressive regimes of power. »

« Parmar has given us all an opportunity to gain both understanding and encouragement from one of humanism’s great exemplars. »

« Alice Walker is one of the great thinkers of our time, and has changed the lives of so many women with her ideas – this rich and honest film tells a story that we all need to hear. »
Jude Kelly (OBE), Artistic Director, (Southbank Centre UK)

 » The ultimate impression left by Pratibha Parmar’s eloquent film is of a courageous life full of risk but full of joy too. »
Time Out London **** (4 star review)

« …inspiring and informative… Parmar presents audiences with a detailed landscape of the « beauty » and « truth » of Walker’s life »

« A compelling and inspirational documentary. »
Outfest 2013

« Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth is a dazzling, courageous portrait of the extraordinary life of a living legend. « 
Carol Coombes (Qfest)

« Parmar’s film masterfully presents Alice Walker’s revolutionary story as integral to American history. »
Heidi Hutner

« Pratibha Parmar’s documentary on the life’s work of Alice Walker is the director’s invitation to exalt with connected, layered complexity the artist, the activist, the woman, the person of colour as cultural icon… »

« …a perfect piece of filmmaking. Worthy of the sold-out screening and standing ovations it received. »
The Huffington Post

« …attractively made doc will delight those who are passionate about Walker… »
The Hollywood Reporter

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth is a co-production of Kali 8 Productions LLC and Kali Films Limited and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Distributed by Woman Makes Movies (WMM), New York

Napa Valley Film Festival, Jury Prize for Best Documentary
Qfest Philadelphia, Jury Prize for Best Documentary
QReel, Audience Award for Best Documentary
African Diaspora Int’l Film Festival, Public Award for Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color

Seattle International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
River Run International Film Festival
International Women’s Film Festival Seoul
Athena Film Festival
Mardi Gras Film Festival
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
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