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2015 1.8/5 NR UltraHD 102 minutes

Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.

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Directed by Liz Garbus

Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Music & Concert Documentaries, Social & Cultural Docs, Music, Jazz & Easy Listening

Languages: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish

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NYT Review: Review: ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Documents Nina Simone’s Rise as Singer and Activist

This documentary, directed by Liz Garbus, chronicles the life of Nina Simone, the singer-musician whose social circle and civil rights activism grew along with her fame. — Manohla Dargis Read the review

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I think the film overreaches in casting Simone as a standard-bearer against racism and sexism, but it's filled with mesmerizing clips from throughout her performing career as well as numerous interviews with Simone, both audio and on film.

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2015-06-26

 

As music and cultural critic Stanley Crouch says, "You only have to hear her once. No one sounds like her except her."

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2015-06-25

 

It may not answer What Happened, Miss Simone?, but it does tell us why the question must be asked and will be asked, for a very long time.

David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-06-24

 

"What Happened" features some of the best concert footage and musical performances in recent music doc memory, even if it never quite answers the question in its title.

Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com, 2015-06-24

 

An often electric, bracingly urgent documentary ...

Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2015-06-23

 

A most satisfying rendering of a complex cultural legacy ...

Scott Foundas, Variety, 2015-01-23

 

More omissive than impressionistic.

Wesley Morris, Grantland, 2015-07-17