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What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 24 June 2015 (USA)
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A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

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Liz Garbus
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Nina Simone ... Herself (archive footage)
Lisa Simone Kelly Lisa Simone Kelly ... Herself
Roger Nupie Roger Nupie ... Himself
Al Schackman Al Schackman ... Himself
George Wein George Wein ... Himself
Stanley Crouch ... Himself
Andrew Stroud Andrew Stroud ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Gregory ... Himself
Ilyasah Shabazz Ilyasah Shabazz ... Herself
Attallah Shabazz Attallah Shabazz ... Herself (as Ambassador Shabazz)
Gerrit De Bruin Gerrit De Bruin ... Himself
Eleanor Belinfanti Eleanor Belinfanti ... Cast
Gregory Marlow Gregory Marlow ... Cast
Elisabeth Henry-Macari Elisabeth Henry-Macari ... Cast: Mrs Mazzanovich (as Elizabeth Henry)
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On stage Nina Simone was known for her utterly free, uninhibited musical expression, which enthralled audiences and attracted life-long fans. But amid the violent, haunting, and senseless day-to-day of the civil rights era in 1960s America, Simone struggled to reconcile her artistic identity and ambition with her devotion to a movement. Culled from hours of autobiographical tapes, this new film unveils the unmitigated ego of a brilliant artist and the absurdities of her time. At the height of her fame Simone walked away from her family, country, career and fans, to move to Liberia and give up performing. The story of her life leading up to that event poses the question, 'how does royalty stomp around in the mud and still walk with grace?'

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Her Story. Her Voice.


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USA

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English | French

Release Date:

24 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Untitled Nina Simone Film See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

One of two Netflix Productions nominated for an Academy Award in the Category "Best Documentary" in 2016. The other one being Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015). See more »

Quotes

Nina Simone: We will shape and mold this country or it will not be molded and shaped at all anymore. So I think we don't have a choice. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?
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Featured in Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter: Documentary (2016) See more »

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For All We Know
Published by EMI Waterford Music Inc./ASCAP
Courtesy of Warner / Chappell Music, Inc., Bienstock Publishing Company (ASCAP) On behalf of Redwood Music LTD. (PRS)
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Very compelling documentary.
11 July 2015 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

The documentary does a great job of telling the story of Nina Simone, though archive footage and interviews by those close to her, like her own daughter.

The documentary seems to focus on her erratic behavior, which caused her career to take a downfall.

I thought the filmmakers did a great job of actually expressing her behavior. It really captured the changes in her life from moment to moment. The way it just cut from one time to another made me feel the passion and understand how Nina must have felt when she got into the Civil Rights movement.

I did not know much about Nina Simone before the doc, only that people would tell me she was great, but the documentary showed me how great she was. It did a good job of connecting her with the viewer.

Catch it on Netflix.


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