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Prepare to Be Inspired and Cry Buckets of Tears With This Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Trailer

Dr. Maya Angelou had a long life marked by tremendous pain and inconceivable triumph, both of which are the subject of the first documentary on America’s poet laureate. In the first trailer for American Masters PBS’s Maya Angelou: And I Still I Rise, directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, we hear Angelou in her own unforgettable words, telling the story of how she became one of history’s most renowned writers. “When I reach for the pen to write, I have to scrape it across those scars,” she says in archival footage. The film shows scenes from her prolific past as a dancer, actress, and singer, as well as footage from her life as a civil-rights activist. It includes interviews with her son Guy Johnson, Cicely Tyson, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Common, and many more who both knew her personally and studied her works and life. The doc opens in theaters on October 14, at which time you’ll have to rise from your seat several times and go cry in the bathroom.

Watch the Trailer for PBS’s Maya Angelou Doc