Netflix Set to Debut Nina Simone Documentary Next Year

Nina Simone in concert in Paris on Oct. 22, 1991. The jazz and blues singer died on April 21, 2003, at the age of 70 at her home in southern France.

Netflix recently announced plans to debut an original documentary on the legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. What Happened, Miss Simone? will be directed by the award-winning documentarian Liz Garbus, whose credits include The Farm: Angola, USA and the HBO documentary Bobby Fischer Against the World.

What Happened, Miss Simone? will follow Simone’s life and work across three decades. Those decades documented Simone’s mastery of genres including jazz, blues and R&B.


According to EW, the film will include “never-before-heard audio tapes,” interviews and concert footage. Netflix is calling the documentary “the most authentic, personal and unflinching telling of the extraordinary life of one of the 20th century’s greatest recording artists.”

Although Netflix did not release a date for the airing of the documentary, one has to wonder if it will be aired to coincide or even compete with the Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana, which has been met with little to no fanfare, but tons of critiquing. 

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