13 Dec

Betty Davis – ‘They Say I’m Different’ Documentary

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”. An aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, Betty arrived on the ’70s scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion and outrageous funk music. She befriended Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, wrote songs for the Chambers Brothers and the Commodores, and married Miles – startlingly turning him from jazz to funk on the album she named “Bitches Brew”. She then, despite being banned and boycotted, 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.

Betty Mabry Davis is a global icon whose mysterious life story has until now, never been told. Creatively blending documentary, animation and nonfiction techniques, this movie traces the path of Betty’s life, after years of trying, the elusive Betty, forever the free-spirited Black Power Goddess, finally allowed the filmmakers to creatively tell her story based on their conversations.

Betty Davis – They Say I’m Different, Monoduo Films on Vimeo.

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Genres: DocumentaryMusic

Duration: 53 minutes


“Astonishing and tantalising…an uncompromising genius ahead of her time – The Wire

“Gritty funk, progressive sexual politics and eye-popping imagery of a criminally under-valued talent from the ‘70s.” – Billboard 

“Betty was a free spirit…talented as a motherfucker.” – Miles Davis

Bonus feature:

Betty Interview, available with purchase

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