“Nina” trailer

Director: Cynthia Mort

Starring: Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Mike Epps

Synopsis: A historical telling of the early jazz musician who rose to fame, pursued activism, and began a torrid marriage with her manager Clifton Hendersen.

Notes: If you happened to catch the recent Oscar-nominated documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? you will know how energized and harrowing Nina Simone’s life was. Not only did she contend with external conflicts such as racism and domestic abuse, but also her own mental illnesses. This biographical telling of her life is a perfect compliment to the documentary’s introduction into her life, allowing a talent like Zoe Saldana to explore those emotional fireworks that made the woman such an unforgettable icon.