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First-Ever Maya Angelou Documentary to Premiere at Sundance


The first feature-length film to tell the story of Maya Angelou will premiere at next year's Sundance Film Festival. Maya Angelou And Still I Rise, directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, will be a full exploration of the life of the literary icon.


Take a look at a clip from the documentary here.

Co-director Rita Coburn Whack had a close relationship with Angelou. She told Vogue “I spent one weekend a month with her in her home in either Harlem or Winston-Salem. She insisted I stay with her. She started off cooking. Then eventually we did some cooking together. Every once in awhile I’d go on the road with her. Mostly we talked, and I observed that I was listening to history, history that had not yet been told from that perspective, from a black woman’s perspective who was born in 1928. Those history books just don’t exist.”

The title comes from Angelou's third book of poetry, And Still I Rise.


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