Jamila Wignot / United States / 2021 / 82 min / European Premiere
The man behind the myth in a nuanced portrait of Alvin Ailey, one of the largest artistic talents and renewers of modern dance.

The iconic dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey has finally been given the film he deserves. The founder of the New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the most innovative artists in his field ever, and he will always stand as one of the greatest renewers of modern dance. But the man himself remains a mystery. A complex human being who deeply dedicated himself to dance and his company, but also a tormented soul, who as a gay black man fought a lonely battle on several fronts. Jamila Wignot’s beautiful portrait contains all the nuances, with rare archive footage of Ailey’s most significant works, such as ‘Revelations’.