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HOMECOMING: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ

HOMECOMING: A FILM BY BEYONCE

History in the making part two

INDIO, CA – APRIL 21: Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 21, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)

Last April, Beyoncé marched onto a stage in the Coachella Valley and led more than 100 singers, dancers, and steppers through the greatest performance in the modern history of music festivals. Beychella, as it was destined to be known, was live-streamed by 458,000 people, watched by 43 million more on YouTube over the months that followed, and almost immediately dubbed as the definitive pop culture event of the year. 

Music fans will be overjoyed by this inspiring documentary. Beyonce’s talent as an interpreter of what’s universally important in life and her contagious charm as a performer quickly unveil a heartfelt and at times moving tribute to everyone who needs just a little nudge toward greatness. Her performance is energetic and all the more admirable in light of information she offers about her difficult pregnancy and delivery only a short time before work on the show began.

The uplifting quotes and messages she inserts throughout the film underscore her admiration and support for historically-black colleges and universities. In childhood she attended battles of college marching bands and her love of that tradition infuses the joyous show. Tradition means a lot to her, which explains the way so many ideas are mashed up here (marching bands, coats of arms, S&M outfits) but they all point to the mix of messages composed of equal parts anger, pride, and determination that ultimately make sense and feel cohesive and true. 

This April, Beyoncé managed to fit the whole spectacle into a euphoric, triumphant, and exhaustingly fierce documentary that should help see Beychella enshrined as one of the definitive pop culture events of the century. Call it history in the making, part two.

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