Feature
International
SA Premiere

Availability:

Director(s):

Jamila Wignot

Country:

United States

Year:

2021

Running Time:

95 min

Language(s):

English

Guests

Panelist: George Faison

Pioneering black dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey earned his place in cultural history through tireless and boundary-breaking hard work and his unique perspective on dance, infusing his work with African-American and diaspora culture and history. But for Alvin, recognition as a ‘black choreographer’ became as much a weight as a badge of honour. A classic documentary portrait, Ailey charts Ailey’s rise to fame, his widespread global acclaim and his continued influence, as well as his obsessions and personal struggles, and ultimately his untimely death. Through emotional interviews and an impressive archive of dance and tour footage gathered from across Ailey’s career, the film is an offering for both Aileyphiles and newcomers.

2021 (23rd) Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival