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    What Happened, Miss Simone?

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    What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
    Run time1h41m
    GenreDocumentary
    Directed byLiz Garbus
    CompanyNetflixNetflixNetflix
    One review7.0

    Synopsis

    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. The film stays true to Simone's subjectivity by mining never-before-heard tapes, rare archival footage, and interviews with close friends and family.

    Featuring

    James Baldwin
    Stokely Carmichael
    Walter Cronkite
    Stanley Crouch
    Gerrit De Bruin
    Dick Gregory
    Hugh M. Hefner
    Elisabeth Henry-Macari
    Lisa Simone Kelly
    Martin Luther King
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