Ailey

Nominee
Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Layers images, video and - most important - voice-overs from Ailey to create a portrait that feels as poetic and nuanced as choreography itself.

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Ailey

Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. AILEY traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers 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.
PG-13
Genre
Dance, Documentary, African-American Experience, Art & Artists, Art & Artists
Runtime
95
Language
English
Director
Jamila Wignot
Awards:
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter

In 'Ailey the body in motion serves as a canvas. Arms twisting, heads swaying, torsos rolling and feet tapping the floors conjure wells of emotion — pain, lust, sadness and joy. Directed by Jamila Wignot, this stunning documentary chronicles the rich life of Alvin Ailey, the American dance giant ...

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