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Whitney: Can I Be Me
On February 11, 2012, emergency responders raced to the Beverly Hilton hotel in California following a report of a 48-year-old woman unresponsive in a bathtub. The victim turned out to be singing superstar Whitney Houston, whose accidental death prompted an outpouring of grief around the world, and tough questions about the contributing factors that led to her drowning. Documentary film-makers Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal set out in search of answers, tracing the rise of Houston from singing in her church choir under the watchful eye of her mother Cissy to the dizzy heights of chart supremacy, becoming one of the best-selling artists of all time. Their film incorporates family photographs and archive material as well as new interviews with friends and relatives including Houston's half-brother Gary Garland. Broomfield and Dolezal's narrative pays particular attention to the enmity between Houston's best friend and confidante, Robyn Crawford, and her husband Bobby Brown.