Janet Jackson Documentary Gets Release Date, New Trailer: Watch

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The first installment of the two-part film will air on Lifetime and A&E on January 28

Janet Jackson onstage
Janet Jackson (Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images).

Janet—the two-part, career-spanning documentary about Janet Jackson—will get its television premiere on January 28. Lifetime and A&E announced the news today on their social media accounts, where they shared a new three-minute trailer for the film. The clip includes interview segments with Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, Q-Tip, Janelle Monae, Teyana Taylor, Tyler Perry, and others. Watch the full trailer here.

The release date for part one of Janet arrives on the 40th anniversary of Jackson’s 1982 self-titled debut album. Lifetime and A&E announced the film last fall, along with a brief teaser. The four-hour documentary has been in the works for five years, and includes never-before-seen footage from Jackson’s professional and personal life, as well as footage of Jackson discussing the 2004 Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction,” her relationship with her late brother Michael, and more. Jackson executive produced Janet alongside her brother Randy Jackson. The film was directed by Ben Hirsch.

Last November, FX and Hulu aired a New York Times Presents documentary titled Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson. The film focused on Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s 2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy. In March of last year, a selection of Jackson’s work was archived in the Library of Congress.

Read Pitchfork’s feature “Revisiting Poetic Justice, a Coming-of-Age Moment for Janet Jackson.”

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