A PBS Distribution and Arc Entertainment release
Q&A discussion to follow with Co-Directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack and special guests from the film, dancer Don Martin, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Colin Johnson hosted by Indiewire's Steve Greene.
The remarkable, daring life of poet, writer, and activist Maya Angelou unfolds in this in-depth portrait. In the first film ever to be made about Dr. Maya Angelou, she narrates an entrancing chronicle of a youth shaped by the vicious racism of the Jim Crow South and sexual abuse. Rare footage traces her varied pre-writing career as a nightclub dancer and singer, her courage as a political activist, and her transformative friendships with James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and other influential leaders. Features Cicely Tyson, Alfre Woodard, President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. The film premiered at Sundance 2016 and has been embraced by audiences and awards across the festival circuit.