Alice Walker on the set of "Beauty In Truth"

Alice Walker on the set of “Beauty In Truth”

*“American Masters – Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth,” which traces the author’s personal and professional journey from her birth into a family of sharecroppers in Eatonton, Ga., premieres nationally Friday, February 7 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

Walker made history as the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her seminal novel The Color Purple (1982), for which she won the National Book Award.

Presented on PBS in honor of Walker’s 70th birthday and Black History Month, filmmaker Pratibha Parmar’s new documentary tells Walker’s dramatic life story with poetry and lyricism, and features new interviews with Walker, Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire and the late Howard Zinn in one of his final interviews.

“As a filmmaker, one of the deepest desires is to engage the audience in the conversation unfolding on screen. I am thrilled to offer this in ‘Beauty In Truth,’ where Alice’s openness, warmth and on-screen intimacy reflects our long history of kinship,” said Parmar. “Making ‘Beauty In Truth’ has been an adventure of discovery and sheer inspiration. I’m so pleased it will have a national audience on American Masters.”

Alice Walker and Director Pratibha Parmar on location in Mexico. Photo credit: Shaheen Haq

Alice Walker and Director Pratibha Parmar on location in Mexico. Photo credit: Shaheen Haq

On Thursday, Feb. 6, fans can join Parmar for an online-exclusive sneak preview of the new documentary here: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/jiluo

Attendees will have a chance to ask Parmar questions while previewing the first 15 minutes of the new PBS documentary the day before the national premiere.

Watch the trailer below.

In the excerpt below, Walker talks about the importance of Zora Neale Hurston.