Online movie streaming service Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming documentary on the life of late American singer and “High-Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone.
The documentary, titled What Happened, Miss Simone? was made with the help of the late singer’s estate, and showcases footage extracted from hundreds of hours of previously unseen interviews, rare live-show footage and the singer’s own personal letters and diary entries. Nina’s family and friends take part in interviews for the doc, including her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly.
Brought up in North Carolina, Nina Simone recorded more than fourty albums before the date of her death in 2003 seventy years old. Not only a singer, Nina became deeply involved in the US civil rights movement in the 60s and 70s along with being a determined critic of the Vietnam war, but was forced to leave to live in France following tax issues in the Unites States.
Directed by Liz Garbus (who has in the past made Oscar-nominated biopics on chess champion Bobby Fischer and legendary actress Marilyn Monroe) the What Happened, Miss Simone? will launch on Netflix on June 26th.