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Sunday, 21 February 2016

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? [2015]

Bobby Fischer Against the World director Liz Garbus gives us a glimpse into the troubled mind of jazz-soul singer/pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone in the electric documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?
The film does a fine job at covering Simone's early years as a child leading up to her days as an angered black rights activist.  She suffered from a severe case of bi-polar depression, all the while the social and political issues of her time deeply affected her and the music she played.
She's always frightened me with her raw honest anger but something about her voice obviously intrigued me and this documentary furthered that interest in the woman and her works.  It's a moving tribute to the woman who wasn't afraid to speak her mind, even when it did force her blossoming career into a nosedive, which she never fully recovered from until the very end.

4 classical pianists out of 5

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