It’s dangerous to talk about people we love and admire in a way that elevates them and worships them as a god among the rest of this. The dark, sharp, and insightful documentary “What Happened Miss Simone” on Netflix avoids this danger by plunging into the life and experiences of famed entertainer and activist Nina Simone with unabashed honesty.
This film glimpses Nina Simone’s life from her early childhood training, her tumultuous relationship with her husband, her work with the Civil Rights movement, and the raging, persistent struggle with her own personal demons. All these rises and dips in this one woman’s life punctuated with gorgeous clips of her performances over time, soaked in the unnervingly soulful sound of her voice.
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