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Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes Feeling Heart


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Join Harrisburg native Tracy Heather Strain and Scott LaMar, host of WITF’s Smart Talk radio program, to view portions of the new documentary film "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart." Mr. LaMar will introduce and interview Ms. Strain, producer of the film.

The event which is free and open to the public, is presented by The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in cooperation with WITF Public Media and The Film Posse. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations may be made online at witf.org/events or call 717-783-5736.

"Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart," which launched the 2018 season of the PBS series "American Masters" in January, explores the fascinating life of the first-ever black woman to author a play performed on Broadway, "A Raisin in the Sun." Although the play is considered a groundbreaking work of art, the timely story of Hansberry’s life is far less known.

The documentary portrays Hansberry’s lifetime commitment to fighting injustice and how she found her way to the theater as a medium for activism at a crucial time for black civil rights. The film also explores the writer’s concealed identity as a lesbian and the themes of sexual orientation and societal norms in her works. The film title comes from Hansberry’s view that “one cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world.”