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About the Screening


Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. Ailey traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers on the Black American experience with grace, strength, and unparalleled beauty. Told through Ailey’s own words and featuring evocative archival footage and interviews with those who intimately knew him, director Jamila Wignot weaves together a resonant biography of an elusive visionary.

This digital screening includes a moderated filmmaker conversation that will be on demand with the film. The talkback features director Jamila Wignot moderated by 
Jazz Tangcay, Senior Artisans Editor at Variety.

Closed Captioning is available for both the film and filmmaker conversation. ASL is available for the Q&A only.

Panelist Bios

A Black woman with curly black hair.Jamila Wignot, Director

Jamila Wignot directed two episodes of PBS’s The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross and one for PBS’s American Experience series. Her producing credits include Bring The Pain, A Stray, Street Fighting Men, and The Rehnquist Revolution for WNET’s The Supreme Court.



Director(s): Jamila Wignot
Distributor: NEON
Producer(s): Lauren DeFilippo