Review of ‘Joan Báez I am a noise’: Source of nostalgia | ET REALITY


In a letter to her parents, singer Joan Baez describes the work of remembering repressed memories of her father’s abuse as “the heartbreaking task of remembering.”

Her account of that experience, which she says her parents denied, is shown in the new documentary “Joan Baez I Am a Noise.” In the wistfully immersive film, directed by Karen O’Connor, Miri Navasky and Maeve O’Boyle, Báez reveals these “heartbreaking” secrets as she ends her 60-year career as a musician and political activist.

At 82, Báez appears to have processed his struggles. She speaks plainly about her early fame and her devotion to Bob Dylan, and doesn’t get away from it when her son admits to feeling her absence while she was “busy saving the world.”

The documentary has a gold mine of material: drawings and diary entries, concert images, family videos and old photographs. Included in the mix is ​​audio from one of her therapy tapes, setting the stage for her unwavering confession about the abuse.

As Baez rediscovers many of these items in her mother’s storage unit, her memories come to life, as if we were with her on this journey. O’Connor, Navasky and O’Boyle make imaginative visual choices to give Báez a full cinematic dimension, such as animating the sometimes disturbing sketches of her.

Ultimately, there is a sense of resolution for Báez on “I Am a Noise.” And for the rest of us, the documentary is an eloquent meditation on making peace with the past.

Joan Baez I’m a Noise
Not qualified. Duration: 1 hour 53 minutes. On cinemas.

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