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What Happened, Miss Simone (2015)

What Happened, Miss Simone
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A classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse, and Black Power icon, Nina Simone was one of the most influential, beloved, provocative, and least understood artists of our time. On stage, she was known for utterly free, rapturous performances, earning her the epithet “High Priestess of Soul.” But amid the violent, day-to-day fight for civil rights, she struggled to reconcile artistic ambition with her fierce devotion to a movement.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 26th, 2015 (Limited) by Netflix
Video Release: June 26th, 2015 by Netflix
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 102 minutes
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Keywords: Civil Rights Movement, Biography, African-American
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies:, Moxie Firecracker Films
Production Countries: United States

Documentary Subject(s)

Nina Simone    Herself


Lisa Simone Kelly    Herself
Roger Nupie    Himself
Al Shackman    Himself
George Wein    Himself
Stanley Crouch    Himself
Dick Gregory    Himself
Ilyasah Shabazz    Herself
Ambassador Shibazz*    Herself
Gerrit De Bruin    Himself

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

Amy Hobby    Producer
Liz Garbus    Producer
Justin Wilkes    Producer
Jayson Jackson    Producer
Sidney Beaumont    Executive Producer
Jon Kamen    Executive Producer
Lisa Nishimura    Executive Producer
Adam Del Deo    Executive Producer
Lisa Simone Kelly    Executive Producer
Markus Kirschner    Production Designer
Joshua L. Pearson*    Editor
Igor Martinovic    Cinematographer
Rachel Morrison    Cinematographer
Ronan Kileen    Cinematographer

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