Presented in collaboration with Aspen Film. Generously underwritten by Leonard Lauder and Jane and Michael Eisner.
“What [directors] Coburn Whack and Hercules do so well is capture Angelou’s power and elegance. The film paints a portrait of a life lived to the full and dedicated to being true to oneself.” – The Guardian
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, we are given special access to interviews with Dr. Angelou whose indelible charm and quick wit make it easy to love her. The film also features a remarkable series of interviews with friends and family including President Bill Clinton, Oprah W infrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Secretary Hillary Clinton, John Singleton and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.
Directors Rita Coburn-Whack and Bob Hercules will be featured in a post-screening discussion.
Fee: $20. Tickets are available at www.aspenshowtix.com.
Society of Fellows may reserve complimentary tickets to this event by emailing SOF@aspeninstitute.org or calling 970.544.7980.
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