Netflix documentary on singer and social activist Nina Simone coming in 2015

Netflix documentary on singer and social activist Nina Simone coming in 2015

Netflix is dipping its toe into distinctive programming as soon as extra with a nicely timed documentary on provocative musical genius and social activist Nina Simone, aka the “Extreme Priestess of Soul.” What Occurred, Miss Simone? will inform the singer’s story in her private voice using over one hundred hours of beforehand unheard interviews. Produced in cooperation with Simone’s property, it’s going to moreover perform unusual stay efficiency films, diaries, letters and totally different private provides. It was directed by Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus and may debut subsequent yr — in all probability throughout the same time as an unauthorized (and controversial) Simone biopic starring Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Zoe Saldana.

Simone was a classically-educated musician who switched to soul, jazz and blues after being denied a prestigious scholarship, reportedly because of she was black. In the middle of the Nineteen Sixties, her music and lyrics turned infused with a strong civil rights message and he or she spoke at demonstrations identical to the “Selma to Montgomery” marches, which finally led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Describing her musical career, Garbus said that “for each of her tens of tens of millions of followers, Nina looks like a treasured secret.” Simone was moreover a controversial decide who advocated for violent revolution on behalf of African Individuals, and Netflix said the film would take an “unflinching” check out her life.

The upcoming bio joins totally different correctly-acquired titles from Netflix identical to the 3D-printing documentary Print the Legend and Academy Award-nominated The Sq.. What Occurred, Miss Simone will arrive in all Netflix nations sometime subsequent yr.

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