What Happened, Miss Simone? Liz Garbus Docu of Legendary Singer and Pianist Nina Simone

Based on recently unearthed audiotapes, recorded over the course of three decades, What Happened, Miss Simone? centers the classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary recording artist, Nina Simone.

In these tapes, Nina tried to tell her rich and complex life story to various interviewers and would-be biographers.  From over 100 hours of these recordings, the film 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.

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.

Nina Simone comes across as a vastly intelligent and complicated woman, who lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius and tortured melancholy.

Running Time: 102 minutes