Maya Angelou and Still I Rise


Century Larkspur 3 Tue, Oct 11, 2016 7:30 PM
Rafael 1 Thu, Oct 13, 2016 12:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Running Time:114 min.
Director:Bob Hercules
Rita Coburn Whack
Producer:Bob Hercules
Rita Coburn Whack
Jay Alix
Una Jackman
Cinematographer:Keith Walker
Christopher Howard
Mike Swanson
Marc Gerke
Nathan Salter
Editor:David E. Simpson
Lillian Benson
Print Source:The Film Collaborative
Note Writer:Carol Harada


This premier documentary unearths rare archival material to illuminate the life of Dr. Maya Angelou, American poet and performer. James Baldwin, Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Cicely Tyson, Angelou’s son Guy Johnson, and others offer deep insights into this phenomenal woman and the power of her liberated voice. Rooted in humble beginnings and an adventurous creative life, Angelou rose to international prominence with her acclaimed autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, an account of how childhood trauma made her mute and how poetry and individual expression led her out to the wider world where her indomitable spirit could shine. Angelou became a respected mentor and teacher in the African American community, as well as a leader in the universal quest for freedom. As this insightful film attests, her guiding vision and her journey to reclaim her voice and place in society continues to inspire.
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Rita Coburn Whack is an independent filmmaker with Emmy Award- winning documentaries for Curators of Culture, Remembering 47th Street and African Roots, American Soil. Other documentaries have aired on C-Span and the History Channel.

Bob Hercules is an independent filmmaker whose recent films include Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance and Bill T. Jones: A Good Man. Hercules’ acclaimed Forgiving Dr. Mengele (2005) won the Special Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival and has been seen in film festivals around the world.