Maya Angelou and Still I Rise

USA | 2016 | 115 minutes | Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack

Made over a four-year period, and featuring interviews with the iconic writer herself, this inspirational and informative documentary uses an effective chronological approach to celebrate beloved poet Maya Angelou and her work.

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An election year is an auspicious one for a documentary about writer Maya Angelou: She composed a poem for Clinton's inauguration, and Obama awarded her the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And indeed the talking heads in Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise include Bill and Hillary Clinton. But Angelou, who died in 2014, was more than an eminence grise of the Democratic party. Her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, still her most popular book (and one frequently banned from school libraries), tells of a childhood marked by abandonment, racism, and sexual abuse, but draws its power from telling how the mute and traumatized Angelou came into her voice. To comment only on her speaking voice, it was an inimitable mixture of gravitas and honey, and the best gift of this documentary are its glimpses of a lesser-known period of Angelou's life, as a performer in the early 1960s. In clips we see Angelou in turban and hoop earrings as "Miss Calypso," dancing to the sprightly music white audiences of the time favored—and then we hear that voice: apparently untrained, barely carrying the tune, but grave and powerful all the same. 

Director Biography
Bob Hercules is a director and producer of documentary programming for television and film, and the co-founder of Media Process Group. Rita Coburn Whack is an award-winning writer, producer, director, and lecturer at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and Media. With her background in social media, she helped grow the Facebook website, and has produced a variety of content celebrating the life of Dr. Maya Angelou.

Sponsored by AARP of Washington, Tulalip Tribes

  • Director: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack
  • Principal Cast: Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Quincy Jones, Common
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 115 minutes
  • Producer: Rita Coburn Whack, Bob Hercules, Jay Alix, Una Jackman
  • Cinematographers: Keith Walker
  • Editors: David E. Simpson, Lillian Benson
  • Music: Stephen James Taylor
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Boulder International Film Festival 2016 (Best Documentary)
  • Filmography: HERCULES: Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor (Doc, 2012); Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (Doc, 2012); A Good Man (Doc, 2011); Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger (Doc, 2009); Forgiving Dr. Mengele (Doc, 2006); COBURN WHACK: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: The Film Collaborative