Updated: Feb 24
Written by: Khalif Thompson
On Sunday, January 23, Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy - Act 1 (Vision), a documentary on Kanye West's (also known legally as Ye) life, opened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Act 1 (Vision) is the first of three parts that spans seven and a half hours and follows West from his early dealings with Jay-Roc-A-Fella Z's Records in the late 1990s to his debut as the label's newest artist.
The film will be released in theaters around the country on February 10, followed by a Netflix premiere on February 16.
West's buddies Clarence "Coodie" Simmons and Chike Ozah (aka Coodie & Chike), who worked with him on the videos for "Through the Wire" and "Jesus Walks," directed the trilogy.
West did not have final permission on the picture, according to Coodie, who recently told our sources that West demanded, “I must get final edit and approval on this doc before it releases on Netflix.” It is presently unclear if the version of the film that premiered at Sundance will be released theatrically or on Netflix.
With never-before-seen footage, Netflix describes Jeen-yuhs as a "intimate and revealing portrait" filmed over two decades, tracing West's formative days in Chicago to "his life today as a global brand and artist."
The second opportunity to watch Jeen-yuhs early will be in actual theaters on Feb. 10, when the first film will screen in cinemas across the US for one day only.
Then Netflix will release the first film in the series globally for all subscribers to stream on Feb. 16, following up by dropping the subsequent two films weekly. That means the third installment will be available on Feb. 23 and the final one, March 2.
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