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The Film

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is a feature documentary film which tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century.

Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple, which has been transformed from a novel, to a Hollywood movie and latterly to a successful Broadway musical. This universal story of triumph against all odds is not that different from Walker’s own story.

Born in 1944, eighth child of sharecroppers, her early life unfolded in the midst of violent racism and poverty during some of the most turbulent years of profound social and political changes in North American history. Alice Walker’s inspiring journey is also a story of a country and a people at the fault line of historical changes.

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth offers audiences a penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human rights activist. In 2010, Yoko Ono honored Walker with the LennonOno Peace Award, for her ongoing humanitarian work.


“An intimate, exquisitely rendered portrait of one of the great artists of our time.” Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker & Founder of AAFRM

“Alice Walker is one of the great thinkers of our time, and has changed the lives of so many women with her ideas – this rich and honest film tells a story that we all need to hear.” Jude Kelly (OBE), Artistic Director, Southbank Centre UK

“The ultimate impression left by Pratibha Parmar’s eloquent film is of a courageous life full of risk but full of joy too.” Time Out London **** (4 star review)

“A compelling and inspirational documentary.” Outfest 2013

“Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth is a dazzling, courageous portrait of the extraordinary life of a living legend. ” Carol Coombes, QFest

“Parmar’s film masterfully presents Alice Walker’s revolutionary story as integral to American history.” Heidi Hutner