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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016)

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This is the first film to be made about the incomparable Maya Angelou. The film presents 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," 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 weaves 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 poem for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.

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And Still I Rise mostly soars, though, on the wings of Maya Angelou's own words and recollections. She lived a multifaceted life for the ages, overcoming a wealth of indignities while also rising above her own considerable faults and frailties.

February 22, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise takes a conventional cradle-to-grave approach to its subject, but it succeeds as a vivid and moving portrait of an African-American icon.

February 21, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Angelou herself is the star, one who is more riveting and original sitting in a chair, reciting the story of her life, than this -- or most, really -- documentary could ever hope to be on its own.

October 24, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's hard not to be inspired by a life this well lived.

October 13, 2016 | Full Review…

If this adulatory "American Masters" production elides certain chapters of Angelou's biography, it nonetheless offers ample evidence of her commanding intensity and of her importance as an unwavering voice of the black experience.

October 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Angelou's epic journey - from a mute girl in segregated Arkansas to an icon of civil rights, literature and entertainment - could easily be a 10-part miniseries.

October 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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