Best known as a poet and writer, Maya Angelou was passionately engaged in life. As a singer, dancer, actor and activist she challenged perceptions and insisted on fierce, honest yet lyrical communication. Her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings shone light on the experience of growing up poor and black in southern USA. Rare archival photos and videos enhance the interviews with those who knew her well, but the heart of the film is the warm, funny and open account by Dr. Angelou herself. Filmmakers Bob Hercules & Rita Coburn Whack interviewed Dr. Angelou just in time: she died shortly after.