Past Event

Cinema and Engagement

October 8, 2016
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, 75006

Co-sponsored by Les éditions Noir sur Blanc, this event will feature documentary filmmaker Rita Coburn Whack speaking about her new film "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise," which premiered at Sundance this year. Her lecture will be followed by a conversation with Françoise Zamour, specialist on film and race and professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. The talk will be moderated by Gladys Marivat of France 24.

This event is part of a week-long series, "Race and Racism: Global Perspectives," organized in association with the Columbia Masters Program in History and Literature in Paris, and is a lead-up to two additional events celebrating the life and work of Maya Angelou: 1) October 10 at 8pm, an evening of readings and discussion with Rita Coburn Whack, Russell Banks, and Christiane Taubira, among others at the Théâtre de l'Odéon; and, 2) October 12 at 8pm, a screening of the documentary "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise" at the American Library in Paris.

Rita Coburn Whack is an award winning writer, director, producer, and manager. She was the Director of Special Projects and a Producer for Oprah Radio. As Maya Angelou’s producer since the start-up of the award winning Maya Angelou Show in June of 2006 through its final run in June of 2010, she oversaw events and specials as well as created and managed the internship program for Oprah Radio. Under her direction, the Maya Angelou Show won two AMERICAN WOMEN IN RADIO AND TELEVISION GRACIE AWARDS “BEST RADIO PROGRAM” 2008,“BEST RADIO HOST” 2009 and the “SILVER WORLD MEDAL” IN RADIO NEW YORK FESTIVAL 2009.  Rita has produced numerous public radio programs and in television produced 3 Emmy Award-winning documentaries and managed production for local and public television with programs airing on C-Span and the History Channel.  She co-directed Maya Angelou The People’s Poet a 90-minute television documentary scheduled to air on PBS’ American Masters Documentary series in 2016.