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Beah: A Black Woman Speaks
2003, 90 minutes, Color/BW, DVD
Order No. 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.


  • Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO)
  • AFI Film Festival- Grand Jury Prize
  • Miami Int'l Film Festival - Audience Award
  • Pan African Film Festival
  • Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Havana
  • IDA International Documentary Showcase
  • Mill Valley Film Festival – Audience Award for Best Documentary
  • Images of Black Women Film Festival

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    “…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

    “Exceptional…this unforgettable tribute to a gifted, multifaceted woman is an important contribution to African American History, culture, and film collectors.”

    “***1/2 Highly recommended. A winning celebration of Richard’s life and art.”
    Video Librarian

    “Highly recommended. A rich portrait of an extraordinary existence.”
    Krista Gruber
    Educational Media Reviews Online

    “A moving tribute…The message is a powerful as the woman herself.”
    School Library Journal

    ”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

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    Beah: A Black Woman Speaks is included in the following Special Collections.
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