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Netflix announces original Nina Simone documentary

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In 2015, Netflix will debut an original documentary from filmmaker Liz Garbus about musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone.

The film, titled What Happened, Miss Simone?, is being produced by Netflix and RadicalMedia, and uses “never-before-heard audio tapes” in addition to interviews, concert footage, and more to create what Netflix is billing as “the most authentic, personal, and unflinching telling of the extraordinary life of one of the 20th century’s greatest recording artists.” 

Director Garbus was nominated for an Oscar for her film The Farm: Angola, USA. “I’m thrilled that Netflix has embraced the incredible story of Nina Simone and partnered with RadicalMedia on this film,” she said in a statement. “For each of her millions of fans, Nina feels like a treasured secret. With What Happened, Miss Simone?, I’m excited to help bring her passion, her music, and her story to the world.”

Last year Netflix acquired the documentary about Egyptian protests, The Square, which garnered an Oscar nomination. The streaming service also released the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Virguna, which is on this year’s Oscar shortlist.