Nina Simone: Netflix Documentary Gets an Official Trailer

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Netflix has shared the official trailer to its upcoming Nina Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?

It's directed by Liz Garbus, an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker best known for The Farm: Angola, USA and Bobby Fischer Against the World. It'll hit Netflix on June 26.

Without further ado:

Here's Netflix's official description:

Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary recording artist, Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy. In this epic documentary, director Liz Garbus interweaves never-before-heard recordings and rare archival footage together with Nina’s most memorable songs, to create an unforgettable portrait of one of the least understood, yet most beloved, artists of our time.

The film uses never-before-heard audio tapes, recorded over the course of three decades, of Nina telling her life story to various interviewers and would-be biographers. From over 100 hours of these recordings, What Happened, Miss Simone? weaves together Nina’s narrative, told largely in her own words. Rare concert footage and archival interviews, along with diaries, letters, interviews with Nina’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, friends and collaborators, along with other exclusive materials, make this the most authentic, personal, and unflinching telling of the extraordinary life of one of the 20th Century’s greatest recording artists.

There's a lot of buzz surrounding this documentary. The film received a standing ovation at Sundance. Variety has called it "a most satisfying rendering of a complex cultural legacy."

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