What Happened, Miss Simone?
|What Happened, Miss Simone?|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Liz Garbus|
What Happened, Miss Simone? is a 2015 American biographical documentary film about Nina Simone directed by Liz Garbus. The film opened the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The screening was followed by a tribute performance by John Legend. The film was released by Netflix on June 26, 2015. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 88th Academy Awards.
The documentary chronicles the life of American singer Nina Simone, who became a civil rights activist and moved to Liberia following the turbulence of the 1960s. The documentary combines previously unreleased archival footage and interviews with Simone's daughter and friends. The title of the film was taken from a Maya Angelou quote.
Indiewire gave the film a B grade. Michael Hogan wrote for Vanity Fair that, "The risk of making a documentary of a towering artist is that, by explaining her, you only end up diminishing her. Not Nina Simone—not this time. In Liz Garbus's telling, Simone’s talent and personality shine through, as gloriously singular, and uncontrollable, as ever." The film was selected as one of 15 shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It eventually received a nomination.
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- What Happened, Miss Simone? on IMDb
- What Happened, Miss Simone? on Netflix
- "I Am Not Nonviolent": New Nina Simone Film Captures Singer and Activist’s Uncompromising Voice on Democracy Now!, June 24, 2015
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