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Ends Thu, Nov 9


  • Dirs. Miri Navasky, Maeve O’Boyle and Karen O’Connor
  • USA
  • 2023
  • 113 min.
  • NR
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Closed Captioning
  • Hearing Loop

An unusually intimate psychological portrait of legendary folk singer and activist Joan Baez. Neither a conventional biopic nor a traditional concert film, this immersive documentary is more of a visual memoir anchored by Joan’s extraordinary archive, including newly discovered home movies, diaries, artwork and audio recordings. Baez is remarkably revealing about her life on and off stage — from lifelong emotional struggles to her civil rights work with Martin Luther King Jr. and a heartbreaking romance with a young Bob Dylan. A searingly honest look at a living legend, the film is a deeply personal exploration of an iconic artist who has never told the full truth of her life until now.

“One of the few celebrity-driven biopics to clear a bar that so many others don’t, answering the question of whether the life of the artist would be interesting apart from dutifully recounting the career they’ve had with a resounding yes.” —Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest

“The documentary is an honest look at Baez coming to terms with her life and making peace with it… A true revolutionary, she has always done things her own way, so why would a film about her be any different?” —Danita Steinberg, POV

“One constantly feels an abundance — of talent, engagement, emotions, energy and connections with all kinds of people. When, toward the end, you behold Baez at long last hanging things up after a lifetime of creativity, innumerable accolades, involvement with countless productive and talented people and exposure to worldly experiences the likes of which most people will never have, you have a strong sense of what life can be like for a famous and talented artist.” —Todd McCarthy, Deadline

“The filmmakers are unequivocal about their focus remaining steadfastly on Baez herself and some of the most illuminating moments are in her quiet self-assessment.” —David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter 

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