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A new documentary about the late singer Nina Simone will air exclusively on Netflix next year.

Developed in conjunction with studio RadicalMedia, 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' will use previously unheard audiotapes, recorded over three decades, of the singer telling her life story to numerous interviewers and would-be biographers.

The her-story-in-her-own-words approach will be augmented by rare concert footage, interviews from the archive, diaries, letters, and interviews with her close friends, relatives and collaborators.

The documentary will be directed by Liz Garbus, who was also behind the acclaimed documentary 'Bobby Fischer Against the World'.

"In 'What Happened, Miss Simone?', Liz Garbus paints a brave and provocative picture of Nina Simone – artist, civil rights activist and heroine – in a film that we've loved from day one and are proud to bring to our viewers around the world," Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of original documentary programming, said.

"I'm thrilled that Netflix has embraced the incredible story of Nina Simone and partnered with RadicalMedia on this film."

"For each of her millions of fans, Nina feels like a treasured secret. With 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' I'm excited to help bring her passion, her music, and her story to the world."

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