Netflix has released Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, a look at the singer’s 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America's historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). Netflix notes that many in Beyoncé’s stage show, including band members and dancers, are former students of historically black colleges.
Beyoncé was the first black woman to headline Coachella, according to Netflix.
The film offers candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation before the performance. “Homecoming gives a peek into the process and emotional physical sacrifices it took to conceptualize and execute a performance of that magnitude that became a cultural movement,” said Netflix.
Shot over eight months, the film follows Beyoncé as she returns to the stage after the birth of her twins.
“It was one of the hardest jobs I have taken on but I knew that I had to push myself and my team to go beyond great to legendary,” said Beyoncé. “We knew nothing like this was ever done on a festival level before and it needed to be iconic beyond compare. The performance was an homage to an important part of African-American culture. It had to be true to those who know and entertaining and enlightening to those who needed to learn. In making the film and re-telling the story, the purpose remained the same.”
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was directed and produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Ed Burke is co-director. Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams are executive producers.
In the end credits, Beyoncé performs “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, an R&B classic that’s commonly performed at HBCU games. The single is available on the film’s soundtrack.
Beyoncé’s set list also includes "Crazy In Love,” "Freedom,” "Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” "Formation" and "Déjà Vu" with husband Jay-Z.
“So many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound are graduates from historically black colleges and universities, including my father,” she says in the film. “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”