Kesha’s emotional new documentary refuses to back down

Whether she’s calling out her abuser in front of thousands onstage or channeling her demons into pop-art acid trips, Kesha isn’t holding anything back.

July 31, 2018

The trailer just dropped for Rainbow, the Kesha-centric documentary chronicling the release and aftermath of her record of the same name—a    record that, in the advance clip, the singer claims “quite literally sav[ed] my life.” Rainbow dropped in album form last year, inspired by the singer being in the thick of her (still ongoing) legal battle with her alleged abuser Dr. Luke, and the accompanying documentary looks be just as emotionally candid, just as inspiring ­– but most of all, it looks to be unapologetically Kesha.

  1. 1. It’s fearless

The ultimate “Kesha in a nutshell” moment occurs about a third way through of the trailer, where we see a clip of the singer onstage, decked out in glitter and surrounded by her band, boldly announce to the audience “you don’t own me!” This moment offers a perfect look at what makes Kesha tick (tock): everyone might be watching, but that’s all the more reason for her to not be anything more than just herself.

  1. 2. It’s trippy

Though her evolution as an artist is undeniable, one constant throughout Kesha’s career over the past decade is her personal brand, a kitschy wink to rave aesthetic— if that rave was simultaneously occurring at a country bar and a David Lynch set. The Rainbow documentary seems to embrace the visual possibilities granted by the cinematic medium, with Kesha promising the doc will live up to its colourful name with the inclusion of “psychedelic vignettes.”

  1. 3. It’s inspirational

Though part of Rainbow’s focus is the struggles the singer has overcome since her album’s release, Kesha doesn’t want to simply use the film to tell her story— she wants her story to inspire you: “I hope this film inspires others to never give up even if you feel full of hurt or lost, because after the storm comes a rainbow.”

  1. 4. It’s candid

Whether she’s calling out her abuser in front of thousands onstage or channeling her demons into pop-art acid trips, it’s already pretty obvious that with Rainbow, Kesha isn’t holding anything back when it comes to her struggles – and that’s exactly what she wanted. “Depression, anxiety and mental illness are things we all need to talk about more, and there is no shame in asking for help,” Kesha says, adding that she hopes that her openness will inspire self-love within viewers: “Making the decision to work on yourself is the bravest thing you can do.”

Rainbow drops August 10th on Apple Music.

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