Documentary on Alice Walker at Teatro Santa Ana

By Diana Berman

The 2015 Big Read presents Beauty in Truth, a documentary film on the life of Alice Walker. Walker is a keynote speaker at this year’s San Miguel Writer’s Conference and Literary Festival. The book,The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker has been selected this year for the community-wide read and for special book groups and programs.

The 2015 Big Read Presents
Alice Walker: Truth in Beauty
A Documentary on the
Life of Alice Walker
Mon, Jan 19, 5pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
75 pesos
Tickets available January 12
Teatro Santa Ana Box Office

Berman, the director of the Big Read, states that the documentary is “an exceptionally wonderful film visually, culturally, and politically.” It is “an intimate, exquisitely rendered portrait of one of the great artists of our time,” according to Ava Du Verney. Jude Kelly says, “Alice Walker is one of the great thinkers of our time and has changed the lives of so many woman with her ideas. This rich and honest film tells a story that we all need to hear.”

Beauty in Truth is a feature documentary film that tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in the cotton fields of rural Georgia to her recognition as a key author of the twentieth century. The film uses video clips, photos, and interviews with literary and cultural leaders such as Gloria Steinem, Howard Zinn, Angela Davis, and several other cultural leaders. Walker talks about her goals and experiences and reads some of her poems. We see Walker’s growth and contribution as a literary figure and political activist through the Civil Rights movement, her leadership as a feminist and a black woman writer, and her contribution to the iconic Ms. Magazine. Walker has been a spokesperson and writer against the sexual mutilation of young African women as well.

The film also shows the political push back. When Walker won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple and it was made into a film, the movie was picketed by black males for stereotyping and revealing imperfections in some relationships between black men and woman. In Walker’s later life, we see her personal development in relationships with both men and woman and her spiritual development as she becomes a person at rest with herself as she continues her social and political activism and writing.

We encourage the community to read The World Has Changed, and to see the movie, Truth in Beauty and then to meet Alice Walker in person when she presents her keynote address at the Writers’ Conference on Wednesday, February 11, 6pm, at the Real de Minas hotel.


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