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Maya Angelou and Still I Rise

FilmFilms for Ages 15+

Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn-Whack / USA / 2016 / 112 mins / English / Documentary

“What Coburn Whack and Hercules do so well is capture Angelou’s power and elegance…it paints a portrait of a life lived to the full and dedicated to being true to oneself.” – The Guardian.


Dr. Maya Angelou’s legendary writings including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Phenomenal Woman and On the Pulse of Morning are merely a few examples of how words can truly change the world. Although she is most well noted for her poetry, Maya Angelou and Still I Rise celebrates her multiple talents including singing, dancing, filmmaking, academia and civil rights activism, how she inspired generations, pushed boundaries and never ceased in her long fight for freedom for all. Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn-Whack’s extraordinary film seamlessly weaves the key messages of her poetry into the narrative of her life with rare archival footage, interviews and of course, recitals of her original works. Powerful, proud and prolific, Angelou’s story is one of true courage and creativity of a woman who fought for her beliefs and lived life to the fullest.


This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)



Sundance 2016

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