What Happened, Miss Simone?

After its glorious reception at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival in April, sf|noir and the San Francisco Film Society offer another opportunity to see this extraordinary documentary on the big screen. A full biography filled with candid conversations, interviews, letters and performances, this film is the definitive take on Nina Simone’s life. Paying special attention to her career-jeopardizing choices during the Civil Rights movement and her insistence on justice and unflinching when presenting her surprising weaknesses, What Happened, Miss Simone? is a fitting portrait of an inimitable and powerful artist.

An essential element of the San Francisco Film Society's year-round celebration of contemporary world cinema, the Fall Season spotlights international film cultures and features a brand-new documentary series showcasing the year’s best nonfiction films. Kicking off with Doc Stories (November 5-8)—which features an encore presentation of San Francisco International Film Festival hit What Happened, Miss Simone?—this festival takes place at the Vogue Theatre.

With numerous filmmakers in attendance, Doc Stories will give audiences opportunities to see the movies that will likely define this year’s awards season while engaging in in-depth conversations about critical contemporary issues with some of our most talented documentary storytellers. From intensely personal essays to hard-hitting topical investigations into urgent global issues to examinations of some of culture's most fascinating figures, there is something for everyone with an interest in the world around them in this inaugural festival.

November 6, 2015
Vogue Theatre

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