Alvin Ailey like never before in Jamila Wignot’s ‘American Masters’ documentary

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New York Daily News

Documentary maker Jamila Wignot was on a mission to chronicle the life of modern dance visionary Alvin Ailey when she made a “shocking” discovery. There had never been an expansive filmed biography about the late choreographer, dancer and founder of the groundbreaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. “That there were no feature-length films that brought the full sweep of his story to life seemed shocking,” Wignot told the Daily News. “I think, however, it’s a reflection of where the filmmaking industry has been in relation to telling stories that center the experiences of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ an…

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