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Precious - Red Carpet Review
The Sentinel was on the Red Carpet this past Sunday at the premiere of "Precious" based on the novel "PUSH" by Sapphire
The film "Precious," symbolizes the spirit of the broken hearted and betrayed. Executive Producers Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are both from these struggles as they have had to come to grips to what may have very well been a hindrance to them personally and professionally.
Both Winfrey and Perry are victims of abuse. An abuse that they have refused to allow, define them. Abuse is not their story. Success, wealth, fame and their power of influence would be more of what they have become. Watching Oprah in the movie Color Purple I was thrown back at the strength of the human spirit when it does not give up. I can fairly compare this move to Color Purple because it is not too often when we see such a strong character overcome the odds, especially when the odds against them are family, circumstances and conditions.
We know what's happening when we see the abused. The bruises, the tears, but how often do we have an understanding of what's happening to the spirit of those who fall victim to even their parents wrath. I needed to get a broad view of the film and its creators so that you, our reader can share the same compassion for "Precious" the character, or the thousands of victims who are our daughters, nieces and sisters.
A movie like "Precious" is good as it moves us dramatically, an art that is slowly becoming nonexistent. I commend millions of those who continue the everyday struggle and refuse to be broken.
What becomes of the broken hearted? They understand that it was not their fault and they grow up to be billionaires...ala Oprah Winfrey. I thank Oprah and all the creators for this film and a minute of their time as they were all gracious, humble and understand that this work of fiction was a work that was greater than any one person. Thank you for such a fine film.
"Precious" Red Carpet Q&A's
Sarah Siegel-Magness (Producer)
Sentinel: The adaptation from novel to screen. What were the struggles you had to overcome?
Sarah Siegel-Magress: Lee (Daniels) worked on the screenplay before we got involved but I can tell you, it's a very difficult process to adapt an amazing book that was popular in the 90's into a screenplay.
Sentinel: Anything that was lost in translation that you did not want your audience to lose focus?
Sarah Siegel-Magress: I believe this movie is about hope and to walk away smiling.
Xosha Roquemore (Actress)
Sentinel: What do you want your audience to walk away with?
Xosha Roquemore: "You'll laugh, you'll cry. It's just real. Even though it took place in the eighties, it just shows the underbelly of a lot of stuff that is still going on in a lot of urban communities."
Sentinel: What did it take for you to bring out your character?
Xosha Roquemore: I understood what was needed. I had to listen to some New York people because I am from L.A originally and living in New York for the past six years I had to lose the Valley girl and get hard"
Geoffrey Fletcher (screenwriter)
Sentinel: How does it feel to be associated with a good period piece for this generation, done on this level with Oprah and Tyler Perry?
Geoffrey Fletcher: It's an honor to be part of it. It starts with the book that was so important to many people. That's a lot of responsibility. Never would I have anticipated Tyler, Oprah and the entire cast would be involved in this. Could not be happier.
Sentinel: What is the message as the screenwriter that you want to send?
Geoffrey Fletcher: I hope that people find something special, something new in themselves and other people. If you have been through what Precious has been through and knowing that you are not alone is a big help. If you see someone like Precious walking down the street, maybe she won't be invisible.
Sapphire (whose novel PUSH was the story for the film)
Sentinel: How did you feel when you knew your movie was going to be made on such a grand scale?"
Sapphire: The grand scale happen after the movie was made. The movie was a completed projected before Oprah and Tyler came on. We did not know how to get it to the world. Then came Oprah and Tyler. I thought we were going to show it at Magic Johnson theatre and I would have to call and text my friends to come out and watch it. Who could of dreamed. It's not a part of my reality."