I’m always surprised when documentaries about legacy musicians seem content to speak primarily to existing fans, without fully capturing the energy their subjects brought to the table during their time or their ongoing influence. But from the first minutes of Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things, this profile on the “First Lady of Song” presents a different tone: the film opens with famed dancer and comedian Norma Miller describing how she watched a young, homeless teen named Ella Fitzgerald win Amatuer Night at the Apollo Theater in 1934. The rest, as they say, is history. Through interviews with friends and colleagues—generations of musicians including Smokey Robinson, Laura Mvula, Alexis Morrast, and, notably, Fitzgerald’s son, Ray Brown Jr.—the film showcases how Fitzgerald’s sheer talent, resilience, and hard work helped her overcome personal tragedy, loneliness, racism, and gender-based bias to become one of the most notable figures of the 20th century. Just like her music, Fitzgerald’s story is timeless, and this film’s arrival just as the Black Lives Matter movement has grown momentum as a global phenomenon underlines that even more.