"What Happened, Miss Simone?" will screen Friday, March 18.
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” will screen Friday, March 18.

To celebrate International Women’s Month, the Muhammad Ali Center, in partnership with the Humanity Passport Project, is offering free screenings of two acclaimed documentaries: “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and “Anita.” The films detail the lives of musician Nina Simone and lawyer Anita Hill and will be shown March 18-19.

"Anita" will screen Saturday, March 19.
“Anita” will screen Saturday, March 19.

What Happened, Miss Simone?” opened to much praise at last year’s Sundance Film Fest and was nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars (it lost to “Amy”). Directed by Liz Garbus, the film used previously unreleased material and interviews with Simone’s daughter and friends.

And “Anita” is a profile of Hill, who took on Clarence Thomas when he was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1991, accusing him of sexual harassment. The film came out in 2013 and marks the first time Hill has spoken about her experience in the Senate hearings and how standing up for her beliefs changed her life forever. It’s directed by Freida Lee Mock, who won an Oscar for her documentary “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision” in 1995.

“What Happened, Miss Simone?” will screen at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 18. Admission is free, but you must RSVP here. “Anita” will show at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. RSVP here. The Ali Center is located at 144 N. Sixth St.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."