Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth
is a new documentary that explores the trials and tribulations of one of America’s most acclaimed writers. Walker became the first African-American woman to win the Noble Prize for Literature in 1983 for The Color Purple
. In 1985 a film version was made starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and a then unknown Oprah Winfrey. Four years in the making and set to premiere on PBS as part of the Emmy Award–winning series American Masters
is almost 85 percent complete, but needs our help to get through the last stretch. Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar and producer Shaheen Haq still need around $50,000 to complete the project. For them, the film is a labor of love. They write:
"Funding independent film is an uphill climb at the best of times but for women it is no picnic. If we look at the startling fact that only 7% of directors, 13% of writers, and 20% of producers are female, it’s not hard to see what we are up against. Given such a dearth of female representation behind the camera, is it any wonder that we continue to struggle to find funding for female stories and voices? We want all women and girls to be empowered around the globe, to believe in their own voices and their own truths. And this is why we need stories of women like Alice Walker who are fearless risk-takers and history makers."
Here’s a clip from the film Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth
and you can learn more here