Beyonce and HBO have announced plans for the singer to star in and direct a documentary about her life, debuting on the cable network on February 16, 2013.

According to a post on her Facebook page, the film is a “fusion of video that provides raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage performances.” It includes first-person footage, some of which was shot by Beyonce on her laptop, where she “reflects on the realities of celebrity, the refuge she finds onstage and the transcendent joy of becoming a mother last year.”

“Everybody knows Beyoncé’s music, but few know Beyoncé the person,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming. “Along with electrifying footage of Beyoncé onstage, this unique special looks beyond the glamour to reveal a vibrant, vulnerable, unforgettable woman.”

[November 26]

UPDATE: Beyonce has released a preview of her upcoming HBO documentary special. Check the teaser clip below.

[December 3]

UPDATE: Last night, HBO debuted Beyonce’s documentary Life is But a Dream. Stream the film in its entirety below.

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