Joan Baez: I Am a Noise

New York Times Critics' Pick
113 mins.
Directed by  Miri Navasky, Maeve O'Boyle, Karen O'Connor
2023

Last day Thursday, Dec. 7.

JOAN BAEZ: I AM A NOISE is an unusually intimate psychological portrait of legendary folk singer and activist Joan Baez. Neither a conventional biopic nor a traditional concert film, this immersive documentary shifts back and forth through time as it follows Joan on her final tour and delves into her extraordinary archive, including newly discovered home movies, diaries, artwork, therapy tapes, and audio recordings.

Throughout the film, Baez is remarkably revealing about her life on and off stage—from her lifelong emotional struggles to her civil rights work with MLK and a heartbreaking romance with a young Bob Dylan.

A searingly honest look at a living legend, this film is a compelling and deeply personal exploration of an iconic artist who has never told the full truth of her life, as she experienced it, until now.


“A gold mine of material: drawings and journal entries, concert footage, family videos and vintage photographs... the documentary is an eloquent meditation on making peace with the past.” Chris Azzopardi. A New York Times Critic's Pick!