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Ailey

Jamila Wignot | 2021 | 82 MINS
USA
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An immersive portrait of dance pioneer Alvin Ailey, A haunting portrait of what it means to be an artist - from the triumphs to the empty, lonely feeling that you're never as good as you're supposed to be.

In Detail

Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. The documentary traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centres on the Black American experience with grace, strength, and unparalleled beauty.

Told through Ailey's own words and featuring evocative archival footage and interviews with those who intimately knew him, director Jamila Wignot weaves together a resonant biography of an elusive visionary leaving you with admiration not just for the subject but the director too.

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