WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

I’m ashamed to admit that I knew almost nothing about the legendary Nina Simone beyond the barest outlines of the legend: amazing singer, right? This powerful and intimate documentary has begun to rectify my ignorance. Using recently discovered audio recordings of interviews that Simone gave over many years — as well as new interviews with her family and friends, including her daughter, actress and singer Lisa Simone Kelly — veteran documentarian Liz Garbus crafts as deeply personal and as fresh a portrait as is possible when its subject has been dead for more than a decade (Simone died in 2003, aged 70).

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