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‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ (2015)

‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ (2015)

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It’s impossible to encapsulate a life in a couple of hours but the genius of this Liz Garbus biodoc about Nina Simone is that it doesn’t pretend to. The jazz/blues/pop singer was an incredibly complicated person, which the film reveals with archival interviews, intimate performance footage and chats with those who knew her, including her daughter. It plays out like snapshots of a rich but difficult life and, because Garbus is modest about her intentions, those snapshots add up to a fascinating portrait.

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U.S. jazz and blues singer Nina Simone in concert at the Olympia music hall in Paris on Oct. 22, 1991. Simone is the subject of the 2015 documentary film "What Happened, Miss Simone?" directed by Liz Garbus. (Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

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