Sundance 2015: ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ a fittingly emotional tribute to an icon

Liz Garbus’ What Happened, Miss Simone? is an emotional tribute to Nina Simone, the late singer and civil rights activist. The heart of the film probes into the manifold reasons that Simone drifted from visible civil rights activism to almost completely dropping out of public life altogether. Wisely, Garbus largely allows the artist to speak for herself through live musical performances, interviews, and private writings. Peppered in between is commentary from Simone’s ex-husband, brother, friends and daughter. It’s an intricately woven tale that builds upon Simone’s humble beginnings to the cultural power she cultivated with an unparalleled creative voice.