American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise 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 Hillary Clinton, John Singleton, and Dr. Angelou's son, Guy Johnson.
Producer: Rita Coburn Whack, Una Jackman, Jay Alix, Bob Hercule
Executive Producer: Reuben Cannon, Marquetta Glass, Steve Sarowitz, Michael Kantor, Regina Scully, Chris Gardner, Raymond Lambert, Susan Lacy, Sally Jo Fifer
Production Company: ITVS (Independent Lens); Thirteen
Production Year: 2016
Copyright Year: 2016
Director: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack
Talent: Maya Angelou
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen