Winner of a 2017 Peabody Award, the evocative documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, from directors Rita Coburn and Bob Hercules, is the first feature film to be made about the incomparable Maya Angelou, the singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer who inspired generations with modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. The film presents her incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her prolific life with remarkable unmatched access.
In weaving Dr. Angelou’s words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, we are offered many hidden moments of her singular life during some of America’s most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inauguration poem for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on a memorable journey through the life of a true American icon.
The film also features a remarkable series of interviews with friends and family including President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, John Singleton and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.
Never before screened in Vermont, MNFF Selects is proud to present the premiere of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise on Thursday, October 20 at 7pm at Town Hall Theater. Audience discussion following the film will be led by Natasha Ngaiza, Assistant Professor, Department of Film and Media Culture, Middlebury College.
Directed by: Rita Coburn, Bob Hercules
Length: 114 minutes
MNFF Selects “Larger Than Life” Series
Thursday, October 20
Town Hall Theater, Middlebury VT