Last night, I had the chance to attend the Sundance Film
Festival’s opener ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?” directed by Liz Garbus.
I still can’t describe its affect on me. I’m mostly
speechless, but the first words that come to mind are ‘haunting’, ‘stunning’
The film is a soul-stirring journey into Simone’s passion for
music and her unparalleled talent. It’s a deep dive into her struggles with
loneliness, her challenges with segregation, her abusive marriage, her battles
with bipolar disorder, and her intense anger with the world and herself. The
story is sad, yet somehow inspirational. Like a diamond, she somehow shined in
the midst of the most extreme pressure and darkness.
It is an extraordinary achievement
in filmmaking. Thanks to the directorial mastery of Garbus, I am left feeling much closer to understanding the spirit of Nina Simone.
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” is a
necessary watch, and will be available on Netflix this spring.