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  • Alice Walker made history as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize.

    Alice Walker made history as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize.

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  • Director Pratibha Parmar discusses the making of her film.

    Director Pratibha Parmar discusses the making of her film.

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  • Still from Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

    Still from Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

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The Film

A key American artist of our times, Alice Walker made history as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. Her novel The Color Purple, published in 1983, captured popular imagination and has left a permanent imprint.

Walker’s dramatic life has been lived in a spirit of resistance, resilience, and grace. Born in 1944, the eighth child of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, Walker’s early life unfolded in the midst of violent racism and poverty during some of the most turbulent years of profound social and political change.

Her upbringing and her participation in the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the 1960s greatly influenced the themes that are inherent in her writings and her commitment to social and political activism. The film looks at key moments in the life of a fearless pioneer whose literary, poetical voice has driven people to express the whole gamut of human emotions; from joy, celebration, and enlightenment to anger and ruthless vilification.

The Filmmakers

  1. Pratibha ParmarProducer/Director
  2. Shaheen HaqProducer