Director Lee Daniels Talks About Making 'Precious'

"Precious" is one of those movies that sticks with you. It's harsh, scary and takes you to another world, a dark place. A place that Black people--all people--don't want to admit exists. Based on the best selling novel "Push" by Sapphire, "Precious" deals with incest, literacy and abuse. The movie, a darling of the film festival circuit, is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, and is starting to feel the Oscar buzz. The cutting-edge, independent film is directed by Lee Daniels, the man who worked with Halle Berry on her Academy Award winning performance in "Monster's Ball." ESSENCE.COM sat down with Daniel's to discuss the breakthrough performances, the controversy over the "darkness" and "pathology" of the movie, and the real meaning of "Precious."


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