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Peabody Media Center will screen Maya Angelou documentary

The Peabody Media Center will host a screening of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Cine, 234 W. Hancock Ave.

Rita Coburn, co-director of the American Masters documentary, will introduce the film and answer questions from the audience immediately after the showing. The event is free and open to the public.

Additional University of Georgia sponsors include the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the theatre and film studies department in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the entertainment and media studies department in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise  was honored with a 2017 Peabody Award for offering “a sumptuous tribute to one of the most important artists of the 20th century—a love letter of hope, courage and passion to an artist tempered by struggles and conditions, whose love of life and freedom were shaped in the black South and whose freedom dreams were realized in relationships with some of the most important writers, actors, activists, and artists of her time.”

Coburn, who co-directed the film with Bob Hercules, is an award-winning multimedia writer, director and producer. Her television work earned three Emmys for the documentaries Curators of Culture, Remembering 47th Street and African Roots American Soil. Her work has also been featured on C-SPAN and The History Channel. She is the owner of RCW Media Productions Inc., a multimedia production company.

In addition to screening her film, Coburn will also meet with media and film students and participate in a Peabody Roundtable Discussion, “The Documentary Renaissance,” at 2:30 p.m. in the Peyton Anderson Forum in the journalism building. This discussion is also free and open to the public.