Pulitzer Prize winner and famed fiction author Alice Walker will make her way to Atlanta during the city’s 2013 BronzeLens Film Festival to attend the screening of filmmaker Pratibha Parmar’s work about her life, “‘Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.”
The screening will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center, 349 Ferst St., Atlanta, Ga. Both Walker and filmmaker Pratibha Parmar will participate in a post-screening talkback, moderated by Valerie Boyd, associate professor of journalism and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia. Boyd is also co-founder of the Alice Walker Literary Society and author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston.
In 1983, Walker became the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, “The Color Purple.” The novel was the inspiration for famed director Steven Spielberg’s 1985 Hollywood film and was adapted as a musical for the stage by Scott Sanders.
“Walker is an American treasure and the film is a must-see for all age groups, races and ethnicities,” said Kathleen Bertrand, BronzeLens Film Festival Executive Producer. “We are also grateful to our co-hosts Spelman College, Africa in Atlanta, Emory University, The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech and the Alice Walker Literary Society for making this event come to fruition.”
Filmmaker Parmar focuses on Walker’s upbringing and evolution during years of turbulent social change, as well as her artistic legacy and political activism. Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, founding director of the Spelman College Women’s Research & Resource Center, is interviewed in the film, as well as Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Quincy Jones, Howard Zinn and Yoko Ono.
“This stunning documentary captures the inspirational and extraordinary life of Alice Walker, a canonical figure in American letters,” said Guy-Sheftall. “Novelist, short-story writer, essayist, activist, teacher, visionary, Walker’s writings have been translated into more than two dozen languages, and her books have sold more than 10 million copies. We are fortunate to host Alice and Pratibha during the Atlanta premiere of ‘Alice Walker: Truth in Beauty.’ It will be an unforgettable evening.”
General admission event tickets are available for $25 through Eventbrite at http://blff2013alice.eventbrite.com/