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When the cinemas open: “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” with Andra Day

The critics already knew it earlier: Since the 37-year-old Andra Day appeared on the international music scene in 2015 with her debut album “Cheers to the Fall”, there have been comparisons with the big names in soul; Eartha Kitt, Amy Winehouse, Roberta Flack or just: Billie Holiday. Andra Day, whose stage name is based on Billie Holiday, is now making her acting debut.

Billie Holiday: harassment by intelligence agencies

In the biopic "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" Day slips into the role of the soul legend, and that at a significant time in her career: The film shows Billie Holiday in the 1940s, as an established artist, who is in the sights of Federal Bureau of Narcotics agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had an affair in the past. His goal is to put the singer under pressure for her drug use - but only because she refuses to sing her song "Strange Fruit", with which she denounces racist lynchings.

The plot of the film is based on the non-fiction book "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs" by the Swiss-Scottish writer and journalist Johann Hari, which was published in 2015. Check out the trailer for "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" at the top of our page.

Golden Globe for Andra Day

Andra Day recently received the Golden Globe Award for best leading actress in a drama for her performance. The singer was honored together with greats like the recently deceased Chadwick Boseman ("Black Panther"), who in turn was posthumously recognized for his role in "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom".

"The United States vs. Billie Holiday" has been available in the States since February 26th on the streaming provider Hulu. We expect the film to hit the cinemas on April 1st, if the movie theaters are allowed to open their doors again.

March 1, 2021 // Jonah Lara

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