LisaGay Hamilton, Director of BEAH: A Black Woman Speaks, Will Attend A Special Premiere Screening in Philadelphia on Thursdsay, Feb. 19, 2004
By Women Make Movies
Feb 11, 2004, 16:45

Beah: A Black Woman Speaks New Release

A film by LisaGay Hamilton, Produced by Neda Armian, Jonathan Demme, LisaGay Hamilton, and Joe Viola

90 minutes
Color, VHS
Rental VHS $90.00
VHS Sale $295.00
Order # W04841

BEAH: A BLACK WOMAN SPEAKS, the directorial debut of actress LisaGay Hamilton, celebrates the life of legendary African American actress, poet and political activist Beah Richards, best known for her Oscar nominated role in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” While Richards’ struggled to overcome racial stereotypes throughout her long career onstage and onscreen in Hollywood and New York, she also had an influential role in the fight for Civil Rights, working alongside the likes of Paul Robeson, W.E.B. DuBois and Louise Patterson.

After performing with Richards in Jonathan Demme's Beloved, Hamilton was compelled to get her inspiring story on film, and began the project with Demme as co-producer. Hamilton’s intimate interviews capture Richards’ feisty passion and enduring elegance, and are woven together with a cache of archival material of her work as an actress and activist, including riveting performances of some of her most famous poems. Enlightening and moving, the film is a fitting tribute to Richard’s life of integrity, leadership and service to the two cultures she loved so deeply—the arts and the African American community

IDA International Documentary Showcase IDA International
Documentary Showcase
AFI Film Festival
Miami Int'l Film Festival
Pan African Film Festival
Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano,
Aaron Davis Hall Harlem Film Festival

“…a record of the graceful, seemingly indomitable actor Beah Richards… an emotional and sensitive portrait of an artist-activist who became especially iconic to generations of black thespians.”

“…humbling to say the very least. Her heartfelt storytelling is steeped in spirituality, pride, tradition and an unparalleled love of self and her people. You will laugh, cry…”
Venice Magazine

”In sketching the marvelous life of "Beah", LisaGay has contributed mightily to a deeper understanding of African-American history, women's history and the history of stage and screen.”
Gerald Horne
Author, Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois

WHAT: HBO, Scribe Video Center, Film at the Prince-The Sharon Pinkenson Project, in partnership with the Philadelphia Branch NAACP, New Freedom Theater, Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project and African American United Fund host the Philadelphia premiere of the HBO Documentary "BEAH: A Black Woman Speaks."

Filmmaker LisaGay Hamilton will attend to participate in a Q&A session immediately following the film.

WHERE: Prince Music Theater
1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

WHEN: Thursday, February 19, 2004
6:30 pm Screening

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