One year after her acclaimed headlining set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Beyoncé showcases the pop culture extravaganza in her highly-anticipated documentary Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé, which hit the streaming service on Wednesday (April 17).
The nearly two-and-a-half-hour film, which Beyoncé directed and produced, provides an “intimate, in-depth look” at the singer’s epic performance that paid tribute to America’s historically black colleges and universities. Through candid footage and interviews, fans are able to witness the “emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.”
Homecoming features rehearsal footage, home videos, and backstage moments, along with appearances from JAY-Z and the couple’s three children—Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir. Her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams also make cameos.
In addition to the film, Beyoncé has released an accompanying live album, Homecoming: The Live Album, featuring nearly 40 songs from her career-spanning set—from “Crazy in Love” to “Shining”—plus two bonus tracks including a cover of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly’s “Before I Let Go,” produced by Tay Keith, and an alternate version of “I Been On.”
Beyoncé was scheduled to headline Coachella in 2017, but delayed her performance after becoming pregnant with twins. “Thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline Coachella,” she told the crowd when she took the stage during the two-hour spectacular in Indio, Calif.
Prior to the film’s worldwide debut, Netflix screened Homecoming for students at two historically black universities, Washington D.C.’s Howard University and Houston’s Texas Southern University. Last year, Beyoncé also announced the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, an initiative that provides $25,000 scholarships to students at HBCUs.
“I wanted every person who has ever been dismissed because of the way they look to feel like they were on that stage,” said Queen Bey at one point in the film.
Watch Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé on Netflix and stream Homecoming: The Live Album below.