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American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

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Bob Hercules & Rita Coburn Whack

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About the Movie

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” icon Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Dr. Angelou's was a prolific life; as a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. This unprecedented film celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America's most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon. The film also features a remarkable series of interviews with friends and family including President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Secretary Hillary Clinton, John Singleton, and Dr. Angelou's son, Guy Johnson.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It effectively conveys that his career was an explosion rather than a progressively brighter flame. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Nov 5, 2013

Fresh: [It] does an admirable job covering all the bases, and contains just enough new interviews and unseen footage to make it worth a look for the already experienced, though a bolder approach might have attracted more love. – Andrew Barker, Variety, Nov 5, 2013

Fresh: If the new American Masters documentary on Jimi Hendrix doesn't seem to do full justice to the late guitar hero, it's only because no film could ever capture what it was like to hear Hendrix live. – David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 5, 2013

Fresh: Incredible footage, Paul McCartney and crisply told. But way too polite. – Verne Gay, Newsday, Nov 5, 2013

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American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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