'Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise' Claims Audience Award at AFI Docs

Maya Angelou And Still I Rise H 2016
AFI Docs

The audience award for best short went to Grzegorz Szczepaniak's 'Snails.'

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, a documentary about the famed poet directed by Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules, won the audience award for best feature at the AFI Docs 2016 film festival, which concluded Sunday in Washington, D.C., and Silver Spring, Md.

The audience award for best short went to Snails, directed by Grzegorz Szczepaniak.

The fest, which featured 93 films from 30 countries, brought together filmmakers and industry, national policy and opinion leaders.

As part of the event, U.S. Representatives Jim Himes and Nita Lowey addressed an audience at a screening of Newtown, a doc examining the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting. The fest also included a gathering of international filmmakers from Pakistan, conducted by the U.S. State Department, at the Annenberg Retreat in Sunnylands.

Attendees at the festival included filmmakers Judd Apatow, Ramin Bahrani, Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady, Werner Herzog (this year's AFI Docs Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree) and Barbara Kopple, along with singer Sharon Jones, television’s Norman Lear and Peter Wittig, Germany's Ambassador to the U.S.