in about 100 words or less
US 101m, Colour, B&W
Director: Liz Garbus; Cast: Stanley Crouch, Gerrit De Bruin, Dick Gregory, Elisabeth Henry-Macari, Miss Mazzie, Lisa Simone Kelly, Al Schackman, Ilyasah Shabazz, Andrew Stroud
Interspersed with rare performance footage, What Happened, Miss Simone is a fascinating and revealing biographical documentary about singer Nina Simone as told by her daughter, former husband/manager and friends. While celebrating her musical genius, the film also looks at her volatile relationship with her family, her life as a radical political activist, and her lifelong battle with depression and mental illness. A deeply moving and often disturbing film, What Happened, Miss Simone is an unwavering portrait of a woman who seemed years ahead of her time, and one which will change how you listen to her body of remarkable work (Klaus Ming July 2015).