Archive of films Whitney. “Can I Be Me” / Whitney. “Can I Be Me”

USA / United Kingdom
2017, 105 min

Section: Horizons

This comprehensive biographical documentary details the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of Whitney Houston via numerous testimonies from people in the pop icon’s close circle and also through a series of previously unpublished video recordings.


Synopsis

This comprehensive biographical documentary details the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of Whitney Houston via numerous accounts from people in the pop icon’s close circle and also through a series of previously unpublished video recordings. The filmmaking duo describe the singer’s childhood in Newark, New Jersey, a city beleaguered by racial unrest; her complicated relationship with her mother, an American gospel legend who immersed herself in building and, above all, influencing her daughter’s career; and Whitney’s equally turbulent and destructive association with singer Bobby Brown. The film also offers a fascinating perspective on both the glitz and the pitfalls of the popular music scene. Viewers whose notion of Whitney Houston derives more from The Bodyguard than from monitoring her career will find one testimony particularly curious, from someone who played a key role in her life: her actual bodyguard, David Roberts.

Karel Och

About the director

British filmmaker Nick Broomfield (b. 1948, London) is best known for his award-winning documentaries. In 1997 his documentary Fetishes (1996) competed at the 32nd KVIFF, where a retrospective of Broomfield's work was organised in the presence of the director, which included the titles Soldier Girls (1983), Chicken Ranch (1984), Driving Me Crazy (1988), Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992), and Heidi Fleiss - Hollywood Madam (1995). Rudi Dolezal (b. 1958, Vienna) is a legend on the international music documentary scene, having spent twenty-five years working with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Queen, Miles Davis, David Bowie, U2, Billy Joel, and Sting. He has received numerous international awards, including two Grammy nominations.

Contacts

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About the film

COLOR, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal
Dir. of Photography: Sam Mitchell
Music: Nick Laird-Clowes
Editor: Marc Hoeferlin
Producer: Nick Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin
Production: Lafayette Films
Sales: Content Media Corporation
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