WATCH: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Theatrical Trailer

The official trailer for the critically acclaimed Sundance documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise has officially been released.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, is the first comprehensive documentary about the extraordinary life of poet, author, activist, Dr. Maya Angelou. This film is the incredible story told by Dr. Angelou herself alongside a remarkable cast of contemporaries from her careers as an actress, writer, poet and activist. Directed by Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules, it chronicles Angelou’s life from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas and St. Louis, where she was raped at the age of 7, to her struggles to make a living as a dancer and singer while raising her son, Guy B. Johnson. Over the course of the documentary, we see her overcome adversity and rise to international prominence. The film gives us a deeper understanding on how the events of history, culture, and the arts shaped her life. With over 20 interviews from close friends such as Common, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and more, the audience will gain greater insight on how Dr. Angelou rose to become an empowering voice for women, artists African Americans and millions of people across the globe.

The film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. It recently won the Audience Award at AFI Docs and was featured at notable fests worldwide including Full Frame, Sheffield, Boulder Film Fest, and Riverrun, and is currently playing in Chicago with nationwide roll out to follow.

A special presentation will take place tomorrow (9/21 ) in Los Angeles at the Landmark Westside Pavilion.  The filmmakers including special guests such as Louis Gossett, Jr, Don Martin, and Colin Johnson (Dr. Angelou’s grandson) will partake in a Q&A after the screening.  Please click HERE for tickets.  The film will be theatrically released in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco on October 14. 

“Everybody in the world uses words. The writer has to take these most known things and put them together in such a way that a reader says I never thought about it that way before.” Maya Angelou




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