Betty – They Say I’m Different

  • Phil Cox
  • United Kingdom, France
  • 2017
  • 52 min
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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”.  Betty arrived on the 70’s scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion and outrageous funk music. Despite being banned and boycotted, she 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. Creatively blending documentary and animation, this movie traces the path of Betty’s life, 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 filmmakers to creatively tell her story based on their conversations.


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