'What Happened, Miss Simone?' will launch exclusively on Netflix on June 26
Netflix has released the trailer for its forthcoming Nina Simone documentary.
Titled What Happened, Miss Simone?, the documentary was made with the assistance of the late singer’s estate and draws from over 100 hours of unheard interviews, rare concert footage and the singer’s own letters and diaries. It includes interviews with the singer’s friends and collaborators, as well as her daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly.
The documentary, directed by two-time Oscar nominee Liz Garbus, who has previously made documentaries about chess champion Bobby Fischer and Marilyn Monroe, is set to launch on Netflix in all territories on June 26.
Netflix’s VP Lisa Nishimura said of the documentary last year (2014): “In What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus paints a brave and provocative picture of Nina Simone – artist, civil rights activist and heroine – in a film that we’ve loved from day one and are proud to bring to our viewers around the world.”
The daughter of a North Carolina preacher, Nina Simone recorded more than 40 albums before passing away in 2003 at the age of 70. She became heavily involved in the US civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s, but later relocated to France following tax issues. ‘The Very Best Of Nina Simone’, a compilation of her most famous recordings, such as ‘Feeling Good’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’, made the UK Top Ten in 2006.