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JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW

USA, 2002 (MIFF 2003, Mooks Backbeat)

Director: Matthew Buzzell

The New York Times called enigmatic jazz legend Jimmy Scott "the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th century". Best known for his heavenly voice and work with practically every legendary jazz figure from the 40s onward, this documentary is an intimate and thoroughly engrossing account of Scott's life, an odyssey of loss and redemption.

Born one of ten children in 1925, Scott's early years were filled with devastating hardship. At 12 Scott was diagnosed with Kallmann's Syndrome, an extremely rare condition that kept his body—and signature voice—from developing beyond boyhood.

Exhilarating concert footage, rare archival photos and interviews intertwine to create a document of Scott's lifelong attempt to reunite his family and find solace through his art .The moody, melancholic and bittersweet style of the film complements and mirrors Scott's amazing life and work.

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