The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM + Live Poetry Readings: Presented by LibroMobile

Join us as we welcome Santa Ana’s LibroMobile for an afternoon of cinema, readings, and a celebration of a beloved icon of the written word with a special screening of new documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, opened by literary readings of Toni Morrison’s work by local writers.

An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner, The Pieces I Am chronicles the life and extraordinary career of Toni Morrison.  From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ʼ70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature, and her time teaching at Princeton University. Featuring interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into an acclaimed feature film.

Doors open at 3pm. 
Readings begin at 3:30pm. 
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am screens at 4pm.

About LibroMobile:

Founded with the mission of “Cultivating Diversity in Santa Ana through Literature,” LibroMobile is a literary project by Red Salmon Arts initiated by local author Sarah Rafael García and established in Santa Ana, California. LibroMobile meets its mission by integrating literature, visual exhibits, and year-round creative workshops and live readings, both at their bookstore location at 220 E 4th St #107 in Downtown Santa Ana, and throughout our community by means of “pop up” literature events.  Visit libromobile.com to learn more!


“This moving and profound portrait serves as a fitting biographical tribute as well as a piercing, often painful recount of African American history from slavery and the Civil War to the Jim Crow era, the Civil Rights movement and beyond.” – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

“A portrait of a writer who has always dared to reflect the world as she sees it: as ugly as it is beautiful, where black characters have the agency to be as bold, hurtful, and triumphant as everyone else.” – Candice Frederick, TheWrap

“This can’t be overstated: Having a documentary which allows Toni Morrison to tell her own narrative is a golden document.” – Sean Collier, Pittsburgh Magazine