I am so sorry I did not see this item over the weekend, and I hope it’s not too late!
Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis’s grandson Muta’Ali Muhammad has filmed a documentary on his famous grandma. Titled Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee, Muta’Ali spent long hours chatting with Ruby on her values and pearls of wisdom. It is structured in three sections, love, art and activism. Muta’Ali reports that Ruby resisted the idea of a documentary until he floated the concept of a grandmother passing along her ideals and values to her grandson’s generation. “She really latched on to that because family is so important to her and she felt like a story like that can really strengthen the bonds in any family. Anyone who watched it might be inspired to connect and talk with their elders.”
The film also includes appearances by Alan Alda, Angela Bassett, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Hill Harper, Samuel Jackson, Spike Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson, Phylicia Rashad, Glynn Turman, Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez and Malik Yoba. That’s quite a line up!
The documentary premiered January 17th on Centric TV, (I don’t know if they will play it again) and will then be released February 1st on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.