Jan 182016

What Happened, Miss SimoneI discovered Nina Simone in “Where Lies the Homo?,” an autobiographical, found-footage film by Jean-François Monet that moved me deeply when I first saw it and that I spoke about a few times at conferences but never got around to writing about. Over a long key passage in the film’s second half, Simone sings “Every Time We Say Goodbye” and together the music, the montage of images and the context they allude to are heartbreaking.

This documentary let me know who Simone was and, more importantly, let me see how much better she was than the moment I discovered her in. A real artist living fiercely in impossible circumstances with extraordinary people.

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