When Maya Angelou published I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in 1969, she introduced an honest look at the lives of African American women and launched a career that would lead to Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominations, three Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE is the first documentary about the iconic writer, poet, performer and activist who overcame racism and devastating abuse to become one of our culture’s greatest voices. Rare footage and photos unveil an intimate and often unknown view of her public and personal life with the power of her own words. And, interviews with artists likeAlfre Woodward and Common and luminaries like President Bill Clinton offer insight into the legacy she leaves behind.
Directors: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack
Producers: Rita Coburn Whack, Bob Hercules, Jay Alix, Una Jackman
Cast: Maya Angelou, Hillary Clinton, Common, Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodward. President Bill Clinton, Quincy Jones, Lou Gossett Jr., Guy Johnson, Cicely Tyson, John Singleton, Nikki Giovanni, Robert Loomis, Jules Feiffer