The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History is kicking off its annual Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film on Sept. 29 with "Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart," an independent documentary about playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry.
The Stone Center’s annual Diaspora Festival features various independent directors and filmmakers with showings starting in September and ending in October.
Joseph Jordan, director of the Stone Center, said this event highlights the independent filmmakers focusing on the diaspora.
"The focus is always on independent filmmakers," Jordan said. "It used to be that you generally might not get to see them, but now with things like Netflix and Amazon and all the other things, there’s a better chance that these directors will be seen. But nine times out of 10, you’ll see them here first."
"Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart" is an independent documentary about award-winning playwright Lorraine Hansberry, known for her activism and for being the first Black woman to have a production on Broadway. Hansberry’s best-known work, "A Raisin in the Sun," was made into a film starring Sean "Diddy" Combs.