Boston filmmaker was determined to show Lorraine Hansberry as no one had
Boston Globe - 01/17/2018
“I wanted to take her off the pedestal as an icon of middle-class respectability. That’s not who she really was. She’s a radical; she’s a lefty,” says Strain, who is a professor at Northeastern University. “She wrote ‘Raisin’ as a protest play.”
Strain’s many onscreen interviews include Hansberry’s sister, Mamie Hansberry, as well as the actors from the original 1959 Broadway production of “A Raisin in the Sun” — the late Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett Jr., and Sidney Poitier — about the Younger family of Chicago’s South Side whose dreams of a better life are jeopardized when neighbors oppose their plans to buy a house in a white neighborhood. All three also starred in the 1961 film for which Hansberry insisted she write the screenplay.