“What Happened Miss Simone?” is the new documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.” Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. From the Sundance Film Festival description:
A classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse, and Black Power icon, Nina Simone is one of the most influential, beloved, provocative, and least understood artists of our time. On stage, she was known for utterly free, rapturous performances, earning her the epithet “High Priestess of Soul.”
But amid the violent, day-to-day fight for civil rights, she struggled to reconcile artistic ambition with her fierce devotion to a movement. Director Liz Garbus sensitively explores the constant state of opposition that trapped and tortured Simone—as a classical pianist pigeonholed in jazz, as a professional boxed in by family life, as a black woman in racist America—and in so doing, reveals a towering figure transcending categorization and her times.
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” was nominated for the 2016 Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category. You can see the film on Netflix. From the film’s description:
In the days following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 1968, Nina Simone performed at the Westbury Music Festival, lending her voice to the millions of others grieving for the King of love.
Singer songwriter, activist. Miss Simone was an artist who reflected the times she lived in and continues to be a rallying cry for the civil rights movement, leaving all of us with the question, what happened?
Directed by Liz Garbus. Starring Gerrit De Bruin, James Baldwin, Stokely Carmichael, Walter Cronkite, Stanley Crouch, Dick Gregory, Lisa Simone Kelly, Martin Luther King and Nina Simone. Release date June 26th, 2015 (USA). Return to Thumbnail View.
What Happened Miss Simone? Official Trailer – MLK Tribute
What Happened Miss Simone? Official Trailer
Nina Simone – Nobody’s Fault But Mine
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