The Amazing Nina Simone

Director Jeff L. Lieberman
United States / 108 min. / 2015 / English


 

“The white folks had Judy Garland. We had Nina”. Irate, alienated, pioneering and rebellious, nobody characterized the idea of brave, honest (and somewhat shaken) music better than the great Nina Simone. More than 50 interviews and a boatload of archive to illustrate one of the fundamental artists of black music and protest.  

 

"The white folks had Judy Garland. We had Nina", said Richard Pryor. Simone defied comparison. Irate, alienated, pioneering and rebellious, nobody embodied the idea of brave (and shaken) music better than she did. "I must be completely myself (...) so that the people can see things in themselves", she said. Nina was angry most of the time ("Mississippi Goddam" was composed "out of sheer rage"), and her anger outbursts toward James Brown were more like seizures. There were reasons: racism, chauvinism... Nina Simone squared up to them with songs and attitude, giving Black Power several years' head start. At the same time, she was a wounded bird: she would break viewers' hearts with her live appearances, teary-eyed, stating that she would have been happier "not being the first black classical pianist." A childhood cancelled, Africanism, controversy, bisexuality, sickness and suicide attempts. This is a tragic tale with epiphanies and elation. More than 50 interviews and a boatload of archive paint one of the fundamental artists of black music and protest.  

 


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Details
Subtitles
O.V. subtitles in Spanish

Showing format

Premios
Honorable Mention (FIPA Festival).

Participation
in festivals
FIPA, Biarritz France, New York Summer of Music Festival, Tryon International Film Festival.

Leadings
Nina Simone, Eric Burdon, Nikki Giovanni, Sam Waymon, Marie Christine Dunham-Pratt, Martha Flowers, Marla Glen.

Screenwriter(s)
Jeff L. Lieberman

Editor(s)
Jeff L. Lieberman

Camera
Jeff L. Lieberman

Producer
Jeff L. Lieberman

Film company

Film distributor

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