New Documentary "And I Still Rise" Reminds Us of Maya Angelou's Powerful Voice

A new documentary about renowned poet and writer, Maya Angelou, reminds us that her words still ring on.

The documentary is named after her iconic poem, "And I Still Rise." The trailer begins with Angelou recalling her experience being raped — a moment that would inspire the trajectory of her writing.

"Everybody in the world uses words. The writer has to take all these known things, and put them together in such a way that a reader says 'I never thought about it that way before,'" she says.

Her writing and resilience would go on to inspire millions, including a range of some of the most well known celebrities, politicians, and activists. Those interviewed for the film include her son Guy Johnson, Cicely Tyson, Common, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton.

The film is directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack and will premiere October 14.

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