The Foreigner's Home


The Foreigner's Home

Dir. Geoff Pingree & Rian Brown | 57 min | 2018

In The Foreigner’s Home, her 2006 exhibition, Toni Morrison drew connections among diverse figures, works, and events—from painter Theodore Gericault’s The Raft of the Medusa to filmmaker Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, from jazz to hip-hop, from the U.S. Civil Rights movement to Hurricane Katrina—to conjure a shareable world whose well-being depends on the never-ending public conversation that is art.

Further exploring the ideas present in the exhibition, the documentary The Foreigner’s Home features on-camera conversations between Toni Morrison and Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat; footage at the Louvre of William Forsythe, Charles Burnett, and French Slam poets, among others, responding to the exhibition's theme; original, hand-drawn, animation footage; archival still and motion pictures of critical topics and events in the American—and especially African-American—experience (from the blues to recent episodes of racial violence); and original musical and sound scores by Oberlin Conservatory of Music composers.

Neither biography nor traditional documentary film, The Foreigner’s Home is instead a provocative and timely meditation on one of humanity’s oldest and most deeply rooted schism and Morrison's belief in the art's crucial role in both understanding and addressing the increasingly urgent problems that surround it.

February 24, 2019
3:00 PM

Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.