If there was ever a documentary that was stacked with pressure to be absolutely perfect from audiences across the world, it is MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE. First of all, it is tasked with illuminating the life of iconic writer/activist/performer/hero Maya Angelou (something that could really take several movies in a row could struggle to exemplify). And it features interviews with other greats like Cicely Tyson, U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and Oscar winner Common (to name a few of the stars), sharing how Angelou and the legacy she left behind has impacted their lives. Oh, and the late Angelou herself appears in her own words, adding a deeply personal element to the narrative.
Guys, this could be major. Read the synopsis:
With never before seen footage, directors BOB HERCULES and RITA COBURN WHACK present her incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life with remarkable unmatched access. This intimate and personal portrait of Dr. Maya Angelou's life is a touching and moving tribute to her legacy. Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” icon Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Dr. Angelou’s was a prolific life; as a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries.
This unprecedented film celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant 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 inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible 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 grandson, Guy Johnson.
Now watch the trailer:
Very, very hyped about this. MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE will open in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco theaters on October 14.