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Airing Feb. 16 and topping the network’s “must have” list, Beyonce’s self-made documentary Life is but a Dream had a long and tough negotiation with HBO last summer.
Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, originally doubted the quality of Beyonce’s documentary. HBO is famous for its critically acclaimed documentaries. He was acquainted with Beyonce as a performer, but admitted he was not a big fan, reported the N.Y. Daily News.
It took six weeks to convince HBO to air the documentary, however when Lombardo finally saw the film his doubts disappeared. He said, “This felt so fresh and honest to me.”
Lombardo also admitted, “I have no clue why this works. If someone said to me, ‘Why is this on HBO?’ I can’t say why — this isn’t a traditional documentary and this isn’t a traditional music special because there something undeniably moving and honest about it.”
According to Entertainment Wise, the documentary includes home movies from the singer’s childhood, webcam confessionals, concert footage, behind-the-scene snippets and segments from an interview.
While most fans are dying to see Beyonce’s life, some critics think the whole documentary is just out to promote her new tour.