Skip to Main Content

Documentary, dir. by Sam Pollard
US, 2008, 85 mins

One of the first black women to enter the literary canon (Their Eyes Were Watching God), Zora Neale Hurston established the African American vernacular as one of the most vital, inventive voices in American literature. This definitive film biography, eighteen years in the making, portrays the writer in all her complexity: gifted, flamboyant, controversial and fiercely original. It includes insights from leading scholars, rare footage of the rural South (some of it shot by Neale Hurston), and biographer Cheryl Wall tracing back the writer’s childhood in Eatonville, FL, the first all-black, incorporated town in the US.

This film will be presented by writer/producer Kristy Andersen followed by a Q&A and short reading with award-winning actress Kim Brockington.

To see the full list of films go here.

LitFilm: A BPL Film Festival about Writers is made possible with support from HBO and

close navigation 
Only 50% of Brooklyn households have responded to the 2020 Census. Have you?
Take the Census