Following several days of rumors about a Beyoncé documentary coming to Netflix, the project just got confirmed with a surprise trailer drop. Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé will, as we all speculated, provide an intimate look at the singer’s historic set at Coachella last year. The April 2018 performance—which made Beyoncé the first Black woman to headline Coachella—was framed as though it were taking place at a homecoming ceremony, and paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities.
In the spine-tingling trailer above, behind-the-scenes footage of Bey rehearsing for the performance begins to play out alongside a voiceover from Maya Angelou.
“I want to be representative of my race-the human race,” we can hear Angelou saying as images of Beyonce in rehearsals, on stage, and with her family play. “I have a chance to show how kind we can be, how intelligent and generous we can be. I have a chance to teach and to love and to laugh. I know that when I finish doing what I’m sent here to do, I will be called home and I will go home without any fear, trepidations, wondering what’s going to happen.”
Asked what advice she would give to the current generation, Angelou responds: “Tell the truth, to yourself first, and to the children.” Fitting, as we also get a cute sneak peek of her twins, Rumi and Sir, as well as a moment of 7-year-old Blue Ivy showing off her dance skills.
It’s fair to say that Homecoming is going to be powerful—and a movie watched ’round the world. Per Netflix’s official synopsis, the film will be two hours and 17 minutes long, and the concert footage will be interspersed with candid interviews and backstage footage, which will “detail the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision” and “trace the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.”
Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé launches on Netflix April 17, and we will definitely be watching.