Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (DVD)

Bob Hercules
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Jun 10, 2017

Dr. Maya Angelou was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage, and screen producer. In this documentary, filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack do a remarkable job of detailing her extraordinary life. The DVD includes details about her childhood in the Depression-era South, interviews with Dr. Angelou during different periods of her life, and video footage of her early performing career. It also contains interviews with her family and friends to reveal even more about her life and impact on others.

In 2006, I attended the An Evening with Maya Angelou lecture at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. I count attending that lecture as one of the highlights of my life so far, and watching this DVD was an opportunity to revisit the insights she shared that evening. I recommend this DVD for fans of Dr. Angelou and for anyone interested in recent historical events.  

If you are new to the words of Dr. Maya Angelou, I also recommend reading her seminal autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and her poetry Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women.

Reviewed by LeeAnn B.
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