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Betty: They Say I'm Different (2017)

54 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Funk Queen Betty Davis changed the landscape for female artists in America. She "was the first..." as former husband Miles Davis said. "Madonna before Madonna, Prince before Prince". An aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, Betty ...See moreFunk Queen Betty Davis changed the landscape for female artists in America. She "was the first..." as former husband Miles Davis said. "Madonna before Madonna, Prince before Prince". An aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, Betty arrived on the 70's scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion and outrageous funk music. She befriended Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, wrote songs for the Chambers Brothers and the Commodores, and married Miles - startlingly turning him from jazz to funk on the album she named "Bitches Brew". She then, despite being banned and boycotted, went on to become the first black woman to perform, write and manage herself. Betty was a feminist pioneer, inspiring and intimidating in a manner like no woman before. Then suddenly - she just vanished. Betty Mabry Davis is a global icon whose mysterious life story has until now, never been told. Creatively blending documentary, animation and nonfiction techniques, this movie traces the path of Betty's life, how she grew from humble upbringings to become a fully self-realized black female pioneer the world failed to understand or appreciate, revealing the mystery of her 35-year disappearance and her battle with mental illness and poverty. After years of trying, the elusive Betty, forever the free-spirited Black Power Goddess, finally allowed the filmmakers to creatively tell her story based on their conversations. Written by Philip Cox See less
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Mar 2018 (United States)

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Mike Canton
Himself, host of The Soul Show, WYEP-FM (voice) Himself, host of The Soul Show, WYEP-FM (voice)   See fewer
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Oliver Wang
Himself, music critic and DJ Himself, music critic and DJ   See fewer
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Al Gee
Himself (voice) (archive footage) Himself (voice) (archive footage)   See fewer
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Vernon Gibbs
Himself, music critic Himself, music critic   See fewer
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Greg Errico
Himself, drummer, Sly and the Family Stone Himself, drummer, Sly and the Family Stone   See fewer
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Elnora B. Neal
Herself, Betty Davis' aunt Herself, Betty Davis' aunt   See fewer
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Nickey Neal
Himself, Betty Davis' cousin Himself, Betty Davis' cousin   See fewer
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Philip Cox
Himself (voice) Himself (voice)   See fewer
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Connie Portis
Herself, Betty Davis' childhood friend Herself, Betty Davis' childhood friend   See fewer
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Miles Davis
Himself (archive footage) Himself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Greg Tate
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Winona Williams
Herself, Betty Davis' friend from the '70s Herself, Betty Davis' friend from the '70s   See fewer
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Militia Vox
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Tamar-kali
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Fred Mills
Himself, keyboardist, Funk House Himself, keyboardist, Funk House   See fewer
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Desmond Nakano
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Carlos Morales
Himself, musician Himself, musician   See fewer
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Larry Johnson
Himself, musician Himself, musician   See fewer
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Betty Davis
Herself (voice) Herself (voice)   See fewer
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Kim El
Betty Davis (voice) Betty Davis (voice)   See fewer
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Betty Davis
Himself (voice) Himself (voice)   See fewer
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6.5 / 10 | 53 votes