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Asif Kapadia

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In this Oscar-winning documentary, director Asif Kapadia presents an intimate and tragic portrait of the life and musical career of British singer Amy Winehouse before she met her untimely death at the age of 27.




by Asif Kapadia


Amy Winehouse was the first British female artist to win five Grammys in one year. Her second album, Back to Black, was the UK's best-selling album of the 21st century. Winehouse was a raw, original, and daring jazz singer who turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the tribulations attached to her meteoric rise to stardom. When she was only 27, she tragically died of alcohol poisoning.

Using archival footage and personal interviews from those closest to Winehouse, Asif Kapadia peels back the when, how, and why of the brilliant young sister's tragic downfall. The documentary received rave reviews, and went on to win Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.

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She was one of the truest jazz singers I ever heard... She should be treated like Ella Fitzgerald, like Billie Holiday. If she had lived, I would've said, 'slow down, you're too important. Life really teaches you how to live it if you can live long enough.'

- Tony Bennett, legendary jazz singer

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