In her new documentary, Joan Baez shares secrets and songs to sing.

Bob Dylan referred to it as her “heart-stopping soprano,” and it is true that you could think we would succeed when Joan Baez sang the protest song “We Shall Overcome” with her pure, angelic voice.

Of course, the well-known folk singer and activist was singing about civil rights. However, as we discover in the careful, in-depth, and occasionally horrifyingly personal “Joan Baez: I Am a Noise,” Baez was also attempting to overcome a number of personal obstacles, including loneliness, anxiety, and, towards the end of her life, unsettling repressed memories about her own father.

That may seem like a lot to cover in 113 minutes, but that’s because the singer recounts her 60-year performing career in interviews and an amazing amount of archive footage in the new documentary, which was directed by Maeve O’Boyle, Miri Navasky, and Karen O’Connor. For the first time, we witness Baez walking into a storage unit that her late mother had completely stocked with pictures, home movies, audio files, sketches, letters, and even therapy session tapes.

She also handed the key to her directors. Originally, the movie was only going to document Baez’s final 2018 “Fare Thee Well” tour; however, Baez made the decision to leave a more comprehensive legacy.

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