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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

2016, Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, USA, 114 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 13th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 13th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 14th 3:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 14th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jan 15th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 16th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 17th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 18th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Jan 19th 6:00pm
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"What Coburn Whack and Hercules do so well is capture Angelou's power and elegance...No hagiography, it paints a portrait of a life lived to the full and dedicated to being true to oneself." — Lanre Bakare, The Guardian

"The African-American icon’s richly textured and often traumatic story is unpacked in this near-definitive documentary." — Ed Gibbs, Little White Lies

The remarkable, daring, and iconic life of poet, writer, and activist Maya Angelou unfolds in this in-depth portrait, which includes a substantial element of storytelling by the artist herself. Angelou brings the resonant cadences of poetry to narrating an entrancing chronicle of a youth shaped by family upheaval, the racism of a small Arkansas town, and early motherhood, as eventually detailed in her first book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Rare footage traces her varied pre-writing career as a nightclub dancer, singer, and star known as “Miss Calypso,” her courage as a political activist, and her transformative friendships with figures including James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. Interviews include Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, and Angelou’s son Guy Johnson. DCP digital. (BS)

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