“I didn’t get interested in music. It was a gift from God.”
– Nina Simone
In what Netflix says will be an “unflinching” look at her life, the video service has announced that What Happened, Miss Simone? — a documentary on the “High Preistess of Soul,” Nina Simone — will be available to subscribers sometime in 2015, possibly to coincide with the release of the controversial and unauthorized biopic starring Zoe Saldana.
In addition to being a singer of remarkable esteem, Ms. Simone described herself as a “rebel with a cause.” Deeply impacted by the events of the civil rights movement, she became an activist who expressed support for a violent revolution and whose alienation toward America ultimately caused her to move abroad. Her life (well-reported in Nadine Cohodas’ 2010 biography Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone) is a great subject for a film study. Let’s hope Netflix gets it right.
Details about the documentary can be found here.
“The worst thing about prejudice is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds your self-doubt. You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough.”
“Ain’t Got No/I Got Life”