19 April 2024
Entertainment Music

‘Joan Baez I Am a Noise’ Overview: Fountain of Nostalgia

In a letter to her dad and mom, the singer Joan Baez describes the work of recalling repressed recollections of being abused by her father as “the bone-shattering job of remembering.”

Her account of that have, which she says her dad and mom denied, is proven within the new documentary “Joan Baez I Am a Noise.” Within the wistfully immersive movie — directed by Karen O’Connor, Miri Navasky and Maeve O’Boyle — Baez reveals these “bone-shattering” secrets and techniques whereas winding down her 60-year profession as a musician and political activist.

At 82, Baez appears to have processed her struggles. She is plain-spoken about her early fame and her devotion to Bob Dylan, and doesn’t let herself off the hook when her son admits to feeling her absence whereas she was “busy saving the world.”

The documentary has a gold mine of fabric: drawings and journal entries, live performance footage, household movies and classic images. Included within the combine is audio from one in all her remedy tapes, setting the stage for her unflinching confessional about abuse.

As Baez rediscovers a lot of this stuff in her mom’s storage unit, her recollections come alive, as if we’re along with her on this journey. O’Connor, Navasky and O’Boyle make imaginative visible selections to provide Baez a full cinematic dimensionality, akin to animating her typically haunting sketches.

There’s in the end a way of resolve for Baez in “I Am a Noise.” And for the remainder of us, the documentary is an eloquent meditation on making peace with the previous.

Joan Baez I Am a Noise
Not rated. Operating time: 1 hour 53 minutes. In theaters.