Directed by Maya Angelou: The Tapestry and Circles
With executive producer Barbara Schultz and story editor Sandra Schulberg in person
The Tapestry (Dir. Maya Angelou. 1976, 52 mins. With Gloria Jones Schultz, Glynn Turman.) and Circles (Dir. Maya Angelou. 1976, approx. 31 mins. With Raymond G. Allen, Sr., Ruth Beckford-Smith, Tamu) present portraits of young ambitious African American women in the 1970s trying to realize their dreams while coping with the fears and constraints of their families and communities, written by Alexis de Veaux. In The Tapestry, Jet, a young law student has altruistic goals, but her ambition creates conflict with her boyfriend and best girlfriend who find her goals of positive change threatening. At the same time, she is haunted by voices from the church choir from her past. Circles focuses on the tension between a religious and overprotective grandmother trying to shield her granddaughter from the evils of the world as the young woman seeks to set off on her own.
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