Janet Jackson has shared the first teaser for her forthcoming documentary Janet, which is set to premiere in January 2022 via Lifetime and A&E to mark the 40th anniversary of her self-titled debut album. You can watch the teaser below.
Jackson posted a one-minute trailer for Janet on social media Monday, September 6. “Hey u guys. Excited to share the first teaser of my new documentary with u,” she wrote.
“This is my story, told by me. Not through someone else’s eyes,” Jackson says in the snippet, which is soundtracked by her 1986 song “Control”. “This is the truth. Take it or leave it. Love it or hate it. This is me.”
The initial clip features appearances from Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul discussing Jackson’s impact and influence, along with Tito Jackson saying Janet will “always be my baby sister.” There are also brief snippets of brother Michael Jackson and Janet’s Poetic Justice co-star Tupac Shakur.
According to the film’s trailer, Janet has been in production for over five years. The documentary was largely filmed around the time Jackson’s father Joe passed away in 2018. Drawing on archival footage the documentary will also explore significant moments throughout Jackson’s life and career, including the death of brother Michael in 2009.
Other topics the four-hour long documentary are set to explore include Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl performance with Justin Timberlake, a return to the stage following a break from music, and her experiences becoming a mother.
Ben Hirsh directed Janet, with Workerbee producing for Lifetime and A&E and Associated Entertainment Corporation co-producing. Janet Jackson and Randy Jackson are executive producers on the project, while Rick Murray is credited as the executive producer for Workerbee and Brie Miranda Bryant is serving as executive producer for A+E Networks.