Stunning documentary Maya Angelou, And Still I Rise – Official Selection of Sundance 2016 – has been selected as the Best of the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) BEST Guest Film. This award winning visual biography is the first feature documentary about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, activist Maya Angelou.
The film presents Dr. Maya Angelou’s incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life with remarkable unmatched access. This intimate and personal portrait of 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.
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 son, Guy Johnson.
The film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. It won the Audience Award at AFI Docs and was featured at notable fests worldwide including Full Frame, Sheffield Docs, Boulder Film Fest, and Riverrun, winning 9 awards on 3 continents. The exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere of MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE will be on the American Masters series this winter on PBS.
The Best of the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is back from Jan. 13 to 15 with a selection of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films in ADIFF 2016. Screenings will be held at Teachers College, Columbia University.