“What happened, Miss Simone?” asked Maya Angelou in 1970, and that question is now the subject of a Netflix documentary revealing heretofore untold intrigue in the making of Nina Simone.

The rebellion against the Jim Crow laws and the ruthlessness of the Jim Clarks play their part in the story, but thanks to Miss Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, the naked truth of her power and undoing is center stage.

“This film takes us into my mother’s story—in her own words—her truth,” said Kelly. “One of the biggest things I wanted to make sure I did in my mother’s memory was ensuring that her truth lived properly.”

The documentary was produced by Radical Media, Tangerine Entertainment, Seven Days Entertainment and Netflix.

Liz Garbus, who was nominated for an Academy Award for “The Farm: Angola USA,” directed the documentary. Garbus directed “The Execution of Wanda Jean” and several other important films, and she received a second Academy Award nomination for “Love, Marilyn.”

“Nina found, as she called it, her purpose for the stage and that purpose was, to use her words, ‘to help her people,’” commented Garbus. “And she said, ‘An artist’s duty is to reflect the times.’”

Fifty years later, Simone can finally be understood. Some may consider Black power to have reached its pinnacle with the achievement of a two-term Black president of the United States, but the backlash in the form of killings of Blacks across the country, the attack on voting rights, the demise of Black communications outlets and so on shows that too many of the injustices of the past are still in full effect.

The film premieres Friday, June 26 at 12:01 a.m., PT, exclusively on Netflix. Netflix released a theatrical run of the film Wednesday, June 24 in New York City and will also release the film theatrically June 26 in Los Angeles.