The Amazing Nina Simone by Jeff L. Lieberman (USA, 2015, 105 min.). This enchanting documentary tells the story of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood musical geniuses. We follow Nina’s journey from the segregated South through the worlds of classical music, jazz joints & international concert halls. Navigating through the twists & turns of the 1960’s fight for racial equality, the film delves deep into Nina’s artistry and intentions, answering long-held questions behind Nina’s most beloved songs, bold style, controversial statements, and the reason she left America.

Preceded by a live performance of Nina Simone’s songs by acclaimed vocalist Valerie Stephens.

Tickets for the opening night films, The Amazing Nina Simone and Driving While Black, are $12 for MFA members, $15 for nonmembers. You can also purchase both opening night films for a discounted price of $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.