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Rights! Camera! Action! And Still I Rise, the life of Maya Angelou (2016)

An eloquent poet, writer and performer, Maya Angelou’s life intersected with the civil rights struggle, the Harlem Writers Guild, the New Africa movement, the women’s movement, and the cultural and political realignments of the 1970s and ’80s. Having lived such a rich, passionate life and been a witness, as well as a participant, in some of the most profound periods of the last century, her full biography is extraordinarily rich and varied. Dr. Angelou lived not one life, but half a dozen, and yet parts of her story have fallen into obscurity. This documentary reflects on how the events of history, culture and the arts shaped her life and how she, in turn, helped shape our own worldview through her autobiographical literature and activism.

Our post-screening panelist is Katina Parker, a former student of Dr. Angelou’s. Parker is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, graphic designer, cultural curator, and communications consultant. Through her work, she speaks to the multi-dynamic possibilities of technology to spark social Katina_Parker_Bio_Photochange for voices that have been traditionally underrepresented in media. She teaches social media and film through the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University. Parker is currently directing The Official Black Lives Matter Doc and Truth. Be. Told., her doc series about Queer Black Visionaries. To date, more than 50 people have committed to being interviewed, including Tony Award-winning Playwright Staceyann Chin, Former New York Times Editor Linda Villarosa, veteran transgender activists Miss Major, and writer/social commentator Darnell Moore.

During 2016, Amnesty International will launch “Voices on Ferguson and Police Brutality”, a 25-part documentary series that Parker produced and directed based upon the testimonies of Ferguson protesters. Black Lives Matter will also release a mini-doc that they commissioned Parker to produce/direct. In 2015, FERGUSON: A REPORT FROM OCCUPIED TERRITORY, which she co-produced, debuted on the Fusion network (ABC/Disney), and PBS profiled Parker’s work as a part of “MOVEMENTS:Behind the Lens of Black Civil Rights Movements 1940-2015.”

Parker’s work has been featured on or in AJ+, Huffington Post, New York Post, Fusion, Entertainment Tonight, Ebony.com, The Advocate and IndieWire. Parker received her BA in Speech Communications from Wake Forest University and her MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo @katinaparker and on Instagram @katinanparker.

Free and open to the public. Free parking in visitor lot.

This film screening is a part of the 2016-2017 Rights! Camera! Action! Film Series co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI, Duke University Libraries, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image.



September 22, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105)
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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919 668 1911