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Watch: First Clip from Liz Garbus’ Nina Simone Documentary

Watch: First Clip from Liz Garbus' Nina Simone Documentary

“I always thought I was shaking people up, but now I want to go at it more, and I want to go at it deliberately, and I want to go at it coldly,” proclaims jazz legend Nina Simone in the first few minutes of Liz Garbusdocumentary What Happened, Miss Simone? “I want to shake people up so bad that, when they leave a nightclub, the way I perform, I just want them to be pieces.” 

After its world premiere at Sundance and a screening at the Berlinale, What Happened, Miss Simone? will be available later this year via Netflix. (The documentary is a completely different endeavor from Nina, director Cynthia Mort’s biopic of the singer and activist starring Zoe Saldana.)

Netflix has released its first clip of the film, in which Simone demonstrates her extraordinary stage presence and sings an excerpt of “Backlash Blues.” 

In an interview with Women and Hollywood, Garbus said of her documentary, “It is a film about the amazing life and music of Nina Simone. Nina Simone was a musical genius who never fully got her due, with a little-understood path to fame and a personal life strained by the exigencies of extraordinary times and her own nascent mental illness. But the film is a celebration of her genius and tenacity, without apology. It is structured as a musical; every song is intrinsically intertwined with the narrative.”  

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