CAST: Alvin Ailey, Bill T. Jones, Judith Jamison DIRECTOR: Jamila Wignot NOW PLAYING | MASKS AND PROOF OF VACCINE REQUIRED
Many know the name Alvin Ailey, but how many know the man? Ailey’s commitment to searching for truth in movement resulted in pioneering and enduring choreography that centers on African American experiences. Director Jamila Wignot’s resonant biography grants artful access to the elusive visionary who founded one of the world’s most renowned dance companies, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Poetic -- absolutely beautiful.Tim Cogshell, FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
With storytelling as elegant and exact as the choreography it showcases, and impeccable editing by Annukka Lilja, Ailey is a nuanced hymn to one of the artform's towering figures.James Kleinmann, The Queer Review
How do you honor Alvin Ailey? With body, with sound, with memory born of heritage flung out to the farthest reaches of what was and who we have yet to become. Filmmaker Jamila Wignot's documentary encompasses all of the above--and it is we who are moved.Sherin Nicole, AWFJ Women on Film