Sunday, January 29, 4:35 pm, The Venue

Maya Angelou and Still I Rise

Maya Angelou and Still I Rise

  • Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack
  • 114 minutes
  • 2016
  • USA
  • Sunday, January 29, 4:35 pm, The Venue
Sponsored by Older Womens’ Network; Trent African Caribbean Student Union; Women’s Events Committee
Audience Award, Afi Docs 2016; Best Documentary, Boulder International Film Festival 2016; Best Documentary, Fort Myers Film Festival 2016

An intimate portrait of the life, poetry, and politics of a civil rights icon

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Maya Angelou was a prolific singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer who inspired generations with lyrical, modern African-American thought. Weaving Angelou’s words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, this unprecedented film takes us from her upbringing in the Depression-era South to work with Malcolm X in Ghana and an inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton. With wisdom, love, and a healthy dose of boundary-pushing, Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.