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Explore Documentary Storytelling with Native Harrisburg Producer/Director

Written by WITF Staff | Mar 19, 2018 11:29 AM

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

WITF, in partnership with The State Museum of Pennsylvania, presents a special screening of the new documentary film "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart" on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 6-8pm. The event is free and open to the public, however reservations are required. Register below or call Janee Corbin at The State Museum, 717-783-5736.

Harrisburg native Tracy Heather Strain, who produced, directed, and wrote the documentary, will be on hand for the screening in The State Museum's auditorium. Scott LaMar, host of WITF's Smart Talk radio program, will introduce the screening of an excerpt from the film and interview Ms. Strain on stage about the film, documentary storytelling and production.


Tuesday, April 17 from 6-8pm

This event is free and open to the public but RSVP is required (form below).


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

The documentary portrays the writer's lifetime commitment to fighting injustice and how she found her way to art - the theater as her medium for activism at a crucial time for black civil rights. "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart" also explores her 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."

Filmmaker and Peabody Award-winner Tracy Heather Strain grew up in Harrisburg and was inspired as a teenager to explore Lorraine Hansberry's story when her grandmother took her to a local performance of a play about the writer. Ms. Strain has produced a number of films (Unnatural Causes, I'll Make Me a World, American Experience Building the Alaska Highway, among others) for national public television. She and her husband, filmmaker Randall MacLowry, own The Film Posse, a documentary production company based in Boston, MA.

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