Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth

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Documentary profile of Alice Walker, who made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel The Color Purple in 1983, which was transformed into a Hollywood movie nominated for 11 Oscars and more recently into a successful Broadway musical. This film follows her journey from her birth in a shack in the cotton fields of Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th century. The Color Purple's theme of triumph against the odds is not that different from Alice's own experience. Her early life unfolded in the midst of violent racism and poverty during some of the most turbulent years of profound social and political upheaval in North American history. Her writing was a vital voice at a time when the personal became the political. Featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones, this is a penetrating insight into the life and work of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and passionate human rights activist.

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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

  • Out of all this, she emerges as a woman who speaks eloquently and plainly, whether describing her lifelong activism or recalling how the Color Purple characters lived in her head for a full year, talking all the while.

    Feb 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Walker's life is so eventful - and her contributions so important - that the hagiography is worth forgiving.

    Dec 3, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Told with great insight, humor and affection, Alice's story was every bit as compelling as one of her books.

    Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A vibrant yet candid portrait of Walker's lasting influence and legacy on both art and social issues, and how she transformed the national cultural and political conversation. And crucially, how 'activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.'

    Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

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