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MCLA TO HOLD FREE SCREENING OF 'MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE'

03/20/17

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present American Masters Pictures’ “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” as part of its Global Film Series on Wednesday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218.

This event is free and open to the public.

“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” the first feature documentary film on Angelou – an author, poet and civil rights activist – includes interviews with Dr. Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and more. It was directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack.

Also a singer and a dancer, Angelou is a Pulizer Prize nominee known for her autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” In the film, Hercules and Whack trace Angelou’s journey and shed light on the untold aspects of her life, including never-before-seen footage, rate archival photographs and videos.

“The film reflects on how the events of history, culture and the arts shaped Dr. Angelou’s life, and how she, in turn, helped shape our own worldview through her autobiographical literature and activism,” Whack said.

“It is bittersweet that Dr. Angelou takes her rightful place in the American Masters series posthumously,” said Michael Kantor, the film’s executive producer. “We are fortunate that Bob and Rita captured these insightful interviews with her just prior to her death so we can all learn from her wisdom firsthand.”

“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. It won the Audience Award at AFI Docs. In addition, the film was featured at a number of film festivals throughout the world, including Full Frame, Sheffield, IDFA and Seattle. It also won 17 awards on three continents, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Launched in 1986, American Masters has earned 28 Emmy Awards, including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special; 12 Peabodys; an Oscar; three Grammys; and two Producers Guild Awards.

“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” is a co-production of The People’s Poet Media Group, LLC, THIRTEEN’s American Masters for WNET, and ITVS in association with Artemis Rising.

This event is co-sponsored by MCLA’s Interdisciplinary Studies and Women’s Studies programs, the Department of English/Communications, and by the Multicultural Education Resource Center.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/.