Presented by director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and producer Tommy Walker

The inspiring life of legendary storyteller and Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison (1931–2019) is told by Morrison’s longtime friend, acclaimed photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. From the author’s childhood in an Ohio steel town to book tours with Muhammad Ali, the launch of her teaching career at Houston’s Texas Southern University, on the front lines with Angela Davis, through the months before Morrison’s death, the documentary explores history as seen through the prism of Morrison’s literature. Recollections from peers, critics, colleagues, and Morrison herself are punctuated by Greenfield-Sanders’s stunning portraits. 

About the Filmmaker
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is an American photographer and filmmaker known for his intimate portraits of public figures and artists. His photographs are in the collections of the MFAH and many other institutions, and he is a graduate of the American Film Institute. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is his 13th documentary feature.

► Learn More
• A remembrance of Toni Morrison by director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

• A look at how Toni Morrison changed Hollywood

• See film reviews here and here

• Top 7 recommended books

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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Running Time
120 minutes
Digital (CC), Color