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Trailer for the documentary Maya Angelou and Still I Rise.

This loving portrait focuses on poet, author, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou (1928-2014), who played a major role in the American Civil Rights movement alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Her autobiographical novels, plays and film scripts made a huge impact on African-American culture. Directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack let her tell her own, powerful story, supplementing it with quotes from admirers including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. Looking back on her troubled childhood in segregation-era Arkansas, she speaks revealingly about how she was abused by a friend of her mother’s, whom she did not speak to for five years. It was in this period that she developed her love for literature and poetry. She talks without embarrassment about the loss of her virginity, her early career as a prostitute, nightclub dancer and calypso diva, and her tumultuous love life. Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is a testament to a life lived to the full, without shame or regrets.

Maya Angelou and Still I Rise Trailer (2016) Screen Capture

Duration
2 min 43 sec

Views
72

Posted On
March 28, 2017
Director
Bob Hercules

Writer
Bob Hercules

Studio
Independent

Release
October 14, 2016
Cast
Maya Angelou
Bill Clinton
Hillary Clinton
Common
Louis Gossett Jr.
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