Review: What Happened Miss Simone?

What Happened Miss Simone? released in 2015. I don’t know how I missed it. I was certainly interested, as this post with the trailer proves. I recently stumbled on it on Netflix in their Black Films category and watched it.

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Documentaries Galore: RBG, The Fight, and All In

With Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing in the news and new documentaries that bear on the upcoming election, I spent the weekend watching docs. I saw RBG for the second time, The Fight, and All In: The Fight for Democracy.

As Gloria Steinem once said, “Everything is political.” These three films, two issued just prior to a national election, are reminders of that.

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Review: Lost Girls

Lost Girls tells the story of a mom searching for her missing daughter. From director Liz Garbus, the film is inspired by true events detailed in Robert Kolker’s “Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery.”

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Netflix Doc: What Happened, Miss Simone?

Available later this year only on Netflix will be Liz Garbus’ documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? about the life of singer Nina Simone. Here’s the publicity blurb about the film.

Classically trained pianist, black power icon and legendary recording artist, Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy. In the upcoming Netflix original documentary, Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus interweaves never-before-heard recordings and rare archival footage together with Nina’’s most memorable songs, creating an unforgettable portrait of one of the least understood, yet most beloved artists of our time.

There’s another film about Nina Simone in the works – a biopic starring Zoe Saldana. This Netflix documentary will show Nina singing her own songs and shouldn’t be confused with the other film.

The two films will bring the attention of young people who might not be familiar with Nina Simone into her fandom. It seems to be the moment to rediscover the wonderful talents of the singer who died at age 70 in 2003.

Here’s the official trailer for the documentary.

Learn more about the film and about Nina Simone at ninasimone.com.