AFI Docs ’15: “Miss Simone” takes audience award

What Happened, Miss Simone? (pictured) - Liz Garbus's portrait on the iconic singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone - has picked up the audience award at AFI Docs.
June 24, 2015

What Happened, Miss Simone? (pictured) - Liz Garbus‘ portrait of the iconic American singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone – has picked up the best feature audience award at AFI Docs.

The five-day event, which kicked off on June 17, screened 81 films from 25 countries to audiences in Washington DC, and drew national and global leaders as well as documentarians and journalists.

Garbus’s doc traces the jazz musician’s life from her early days in North Carolina to becoming a leading voice in the U.S. civil rights movement, and going on to live a secluded life in Liberia and France. What Happened, Miss Simone? is to premiere on Netflix on June 26.

Meanwhile, the audience award for documentary short went to Blair Foster and Geeta Gandbhir’s A Conversation with my Black Son, which finds a group of racially diverse parents discussing the importance of talking to their young black sons about racism and police interactions.


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