For Colored Girls

Release November 5, 2010 (Limited)
Cast Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Omari Hardwick, Macy Gray
Director Tyler Perry
Writer Ntozake Shange, Nzingha Stewart
Genres Drama, Comedy
Studio Lionsgate/Maple Pictures
Length 120 mins.


For Colored Girls brings to the screen Ntozake Shange's Obie Award-winning play, a poetic exploration of what is to be of color and a female in this world.

In 1974, Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” made its stage debut, combining poetry, dance and music, and most significantly, placing the black female experience center stage. In lyrical, honest, angry, funny and tender language, Shange’s “colored girls” evoked the feelings woven into the fabric of black female life in America. Within two years, the play became a Broadway sensation, won an Obie and Tony Award, and would eventually be produced in regional theaters throughout the country. Now, thirty six years later, filmmaker Tyler Perry adapts this landmark work for the big screen, integrating the vivid language of Shange’s poems into a contemporary narrative that explores what it means to be a woman of color - and a woman of any color - in this world.

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