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Nina Simone. 1969. Photo Credit: Gerrit de Bruin

The Friends of the Alger Theater in collaboration with the Detroit Public Library are proud to present the thought-provoking documentary “The Amazing Nina Simone” on February 24.  This is a special event for the Friends group which is dedicated to bringing back the historicAlger Theater as a gem in Detroit’s revitalization.

While The Alger Theater prepares to undergo extensive renovations, the film will be screened next door at Detroit Public Library – Jefferson Branch, 12350 E. Outer Drive (corner of E. Warren), Detroit on Wednesday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m.  A rare question and answer session with director Jeff L. Lieberman follows the film at7:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.  The program includes light refreshments before the film from 5- 5:30. p.m. Seating is limited and parking is available in the library lot, on Outer Drive and E Warren, as well as in lighted parking lots nearby.

“The Amazing Nina Simone” is premiering in Detroit as part of a seven screeningMichigan tour with dates at the Detroit Film Theater and The Michigan Theatre inJackson among others. The tour celebrates Black History month and could be considered a prelude to Women’s History Month. The film speaks to Nina’s activism and has a direct link to Detroit history with her performance days after the 1967 riots, footage of which is included in the segment.

“We are excited to invite people to learn more about this legendary singer, songwriter, pianist and activist through a powerful film,” says Friends of The Alger Theater Board President, Helen Broughton. “It speaks to the power of collaboration and community that this was made possible only through the generosity and dedication of our partners Detroit Public Library and Jeff Lieberman. It’s really what Friends of the Alger is all about”.

Jeff L. Lieberman is a NYC-based filmmaker and the founder of Re-Emerging Films.  He is the Writer, Director and Producer of “The Amazing Nina Simone”, which tells Simone’s story through over 50 exclusive and intimate interviews with the people who knew her best: her friends, family, musicians and fellow activists.

“The Amazing Nina Simone” has been heralded by The New York Times, BBC News, Jerusalem Post, LA Record & Telerama after several successful international sold-out film festival and advance screenings. It is also a Black Reel Awards 2016 Nominee for Outstanding Documentary. For more information about the film including reviews, trailer and bios, visit www.amazingnina.com

Nina Simone was both loved and feared throughout the 1960s for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom. Today, Nina is more popular eleven years after her death than ever before. Simone’s music continues to empower people around the world with its unrelenting appeal for justice. With new insights into her musical journey from classical music and the segregated south, the worlds of jazz and civil rights, through her erratic behavior and self-exile, Nina’s legacy is chartered all the way to the place where she found freedom.

 

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