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Visions of the Spirit
A Portrait of Alice Walker
A film by Elena Featherston
1989, 58 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99215
This intimate and inspiring portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker explores the compassion, insight and strength that have made her one of the most admired women in the United States. Filmed at Walkerís California home, in her Georgia hometown, and on location with the film crew of THE COLOR PURPLE, VISIONS OF THE SPIRIT shows us Walker as mother, daughter, philosopher, activist and of course, writer. Featherstonís film explores the roots of Walkerís southern African American feminist consciousness through in-depth conversations with the writer and members of her family. African American feminist literary scholar Barbara Christian places Walker in the history of African American literature, archival footage of the civil rights movement provides background for Walkerís political vision. A perfect introduction to the writer for literature, African American and womenís studies classes, libraries and general audiences.


  • American Film and Video Festival, Red Ribbon
  • Nat'l Black Programming Consortium, Prized Pieces
  • Global Village Documentary Festival
  • Black American Cinema, Berlin

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    "**** Excellent. Gives true insight."
    ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide

    "**** Entrancing. Displays warmth and a down-to-earth quality that coincides with the author's writings. This wonderful portrait is a mixture of beautiful pacing and personal artistic vision."
    American Film and Video Association Evaluations

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