Reviews and Festivals
"A compelling and poetic film that explores two central concepts in Toni Morrison's work; the foreigner and the home...Eloquently poses fundamental questions of our time: Who is the foreigner? How long does a foreigner remain a foreigner? Who decides what is the relationship between houselessness (lacking lodging) and homelessness (existential or politically imposed unbelonging)? Throughout the film, Toni Morrison's words and visions engage us into a conversation which is vital to understanding: 'what does it mean to be human?'"
-Professor Shahram Khosravi, Anthropology Book Forum
"An intriguing glimpse into Morrison's intellectual and artistic vision and how art can elicit powerful conversations about the human condition."
"Offers plentiful food for thought about the relationship between art and politics, belonging and estrangement."
"The film is beautifully done and (surprisingly) au courant"
"This alternately harrowing and inspiring film fuses recordings from [Toni Morrison's 2006 guest-curated Louvre exhibit] with hauntingly beautiful animation, archival materieals representing a troubled global history of inequity, and a new interview with Morrison, who is, as always, wise and incisive."
-Miami Film Festival
"The film is a provocative and timely meditation on race, identity, foreignness, and the redemptive power of art."
-Ashland Independent Film Festival
"The words are straightforward, but the haunting music, animated scenes, and the logic of poetry reach unquestionable peaks of deep emotion."
-Miguel Pendás, Filmfest DC
"An exploration of race, immigration, and othering a people, via a conversation between authors Edweidge Danticat and Toni Morrison...This is a great sister piece to Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro: both deal with the world of art, race, and the history/reality of the United States"
-The Wolves of Little Havana
"The Foreigner's Home is unique in its focus on Ms. Morrison's curated exhibition at The Louvre. [Her] analysis of what it means to be labeled "foreign" within one's own nation of birth and abroad speaks profoundly to current debates on citizenship, making clear the relevance of this issue for Black people in the US and abroad."
-Meredith Miranda Gadsby Peterson, Assoc Prof of Africana Studies, Oberlin College
"Rian Brown and Geoff Pingree's multilayered portrait of Morrison underscores the significance of the author's powerful admonition of violence and oppression perpetrated against the weak and marginalized...The directors weave together interviews, archival footage, and breathtaking hand-painted animations to create a stunning account of a world in peril and a brilliant mind who tried to warn us."
-Alberto Zambenedetti, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto
"Ms. Morrison's compelling insights into race, class, violence, the power of language, and teh necessity of art are illustrated and illuminated by this incredibly beautiful, perfectly-paced, and deeply moving work."
-Chris Seibert, Cleveland Public Theatre
The Uffizi Gallery
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Wexner Center for the Arts
Best Mid-Length Documentary, Montreal International Black Film Festival
Toronto Black Film Festival
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Citizen Jane Film Festival
Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
The Greater Urban Cleveland Film Festival
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Miami International Film Festival
Ashland Independent Film Festival
Harlem International Film Festival
International Documentary Film Festival Millennium
BAM Cinemetek, New Voices in Black Cinema
BFI London Film Festival
Indie Memphis Nights
New Hope International Film Festival
Lo schermo dell'arte Film Festival