Ailey (2021)

Ailey

Ailey (2021)

Ailey is a portrait of the legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey (1931-1989), a trailblazing pioneer who founded his influential studio Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958 at age 27. The documentary 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 inimitable grace and power. Told through the choreographer’s own words and featuring evocative archival footage and interviews with those close to him, director Jamila Wignot weaves together a resonant biography that connects Ailey’s past to our present with an intimate glimpse into the Ailey studios today, following innovative hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris as he conceives a new dance, “Lazarus,” inspired by Ailey’s life.-PBS

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Ailey (2021)
District Grade:C+
District Category:Niche
Sub-Genres: Art, Biography
Run Time: 1 hr 35mins
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Photo credits (C) Ailey All Rights Reserved

The District Categories: Niche (worth the watch for those interested in the topic), Worth It (worth your time), Classic (one of the best examples of the documentary genre), Skip It (not worth your time)


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The District’s Quick Hits

Awards:Outstanding Documentary Nominee (Black Reel Awards), Grand Jury Documentary Nominee (Sundance Film Festival), New Directors Competition Best Film Nominee (São Paulo International Film Festival)
Where To Stream:PBS
Rotten Tomatoes Score ™:89% (Tomatometer), 85% (Audience)
Director:Jamila Wignot
Cast: Alvin Ailey, Samuel Lee Roberts, Bill T. Jones
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