August 1, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center
Free - reservations required
Join us for a free screening of the documentary film AILEY (2021), directed by Jamila Wignot, on Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center.
Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. Directed by Jamila Wignot, 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 knew him intimately, the film weaves together a resonant biography of an elusive visionary.
The evening also includes a pre-talk with Jamila Wignot, director, and Makeda Easter, dance writer, Los Angeles Times.
Watch the Trailer
About the Director
Jamila Wignot is a documentary filmmaker based in New York. Her directing work includes two episodes of the Peabody, Emmy and NAACP award-winning series The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (PBS), hosted by Henry Louis Gates and chronicling the five hundred year history of African Americans; Town Hall (co-directed with Sierra Pettingill), a feature-length co-production with ITVS following Tea Party activists determined to unseat Barack Obama; and, for PBS’s American Experience series, the Peabody Award-winning Triangle Fire and Emmy-nominated Walt Whitman. Jamila’s producing credits include W. Kamau Bell’s Bring The Pain (A&E); Sundance award-winning director Musa Syeed's narrative feature A Stray (SXSW); Street Fighting Men, following the Black Detroiters fighting for the city they love; and "The Rehnquist Revolution," the fourth episode of WNET’s series The Supreme Court, which was an IDA Best Limited Series winner.
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