Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Liz Garbus’ “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

WhatHappenedMissSimone_byPamelaGentile_003“What Happened, Miss Simone?” is a beautiful documentary piece on the catastrophe of genius, raw beauty, and being a black woman in a time were these things are (still) seen as negatives. Here is a film that held back no punches, and told through the eyes of her daughter we are welcomed to a parallel universe of glitz and tragedy, joy and anger, abuse, and pure release.four-stars4Liz Garbus, director, handled this film with such a grace on such touchy issues of spousal abuse, racism, and mental health thus allowing Miss Simone to tell her own story the only way she could. Technically flawless, musically wonderful, and beautifully researched, I cannot help but sing the praises of this film and its uncanny subject matter, the incomparable Nina Simone. Its heavy subject matter made time wear thin, but like all honest moments in life the bitter hard times seem to last longer than the good ones. But this could be because we as an audience connected with the high priestess of soul like it was our own lives. Bravo. I highly recommend this film and I give it a four out of five. This is a timely film that needs to be seen, especially in America during our turbulent times that we are in now. May this life lead to the revolution that was sorely missed. #Feelinginspired

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