Gloria Gaynor: I Will Survive will hit theaters for one day on February 13, known around the world as Galentine’s Day.
The film tells the story of the disco legend who has been inspiring millions for five decades with her song “I Will Survive,” but only fully understood the lyrics when she hit rock bottom at age 65. The film is about the power of faith and a woman’s magnificent second act. Check out the trailer below.
Back in June, Gaynor attended a celebratory screening at the Tribeca Film for the new documentary. The event culminated in a live performance that included that chart-topping 1979 anthem.
The film, directed by Betsy Schechter, gives an overview of the 79-year-old New Jersey native’s eventful career as well as her work on the album Testimony, which won her second career Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album in 2020.
The documentary was described by Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos upon release as “a beautiful movie by Betsy Schechter, which is a moving homage to the disco queen. It underscores how the power of faith and prayer has helped in her life (especially in overcoming all of those trials and tribulations) and it molded her into the music icon that she is today.”
Culture Mix’s Carla Hay wrote of the film: “Gaynor is open about very painful aspects of her life. She also shows an endearing self-awareness about her fame and legacy in the music business. Her combination of strength and vulnerability are what make this documentary worth watching.”
Billboard’s Cam Zhang observes: “Gaynor contends with enduring past freak accidents, ageism, abuse and pivoting music genres. The film and Gaynor share themes of owning who you are and love, maintaining perseverance and inclusivity, and breaking down barriers for other Black and female artists.”