Maya Angelou documentary at St. Louis International Film Festival

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Our series on the St. Louis International Film Festival continues with a preview of the documentary ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.’ Filmmakers Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules visit Fox 2 News in the Morning to discuss the film.

‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’ is the first feature documentary about the world-renowned writer, performer, and activist. This richly textured film provides a comprehensive look at Angelou’s life and work, including her St. Louis roots, her years in Ghana during the decolonization of Africa, her involvement in the Civil Rights movement, and her tenure as one of America’s most influential voices. Although Angelou first came to literary prominence with her international best-seller ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ her importance extended well beyond the literary world, and her roles as writer, educator, and television personality made her an icon for advocates of gender and racial equality. Her art and life were always intertwined with her politics, as evidenced by her close ties to Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and her friendship with fellow uncompromising author James Baldwin. The film includes tributes to Angelou from such important figures as Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

A full list of all films and special events for the festival will be available online.

For venues and ticket prices, click here.

For more on the 25th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, visit

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