Eric McCandless/CBSBeyonce released an emotionally-charged retrospective film Friday in honor of the one-year anniversary of her self-titled, Grammy-nominated album.
The 11-minute video, entitled “Yours and Mine,” features the singer reflecting on feminism, fame, marriage and pursuing her passions.
“I sometimes wish I could just be anonymous and walk down a street, just like everyone else,” she says in a voiceover that opens the film. “Now that I’m famous, it’s really, really difficult to do very simple things. I think it’s the hardest thing to give up, but my mother always taught me to be strong and to never be a victim, never make excuses, never expect anyone else to provide for me things that I can provide for myself. I have dreams, and I feel like I have a power to make those dreams actually become a reality.”
As black-and-white images of the singer flash across the screen, Beyonce makes confessions and gives advice.
“I grew up with a lot of conflict and traumas, and I’ve been through a lot, just like everyone else,” the 33-year-old singer says. “My escape was always music, and I’m so lucky that that’s my job. But if I accomplished all of these things and had no one to share it with, it would be worth nothing. You know you need something real in order for any of this stuff to matter. You have to have something that is forever, something that’s invisible.”
Mrs. Carter also talks about the merits of her marriage to Jay-Z, saying, “There’s nothing more exciting than having a witness to your life.” She shares her views about men and women as well: “I always considered myself a feminist, although I was always afraid of that word because people put so much on it,” she says. “When, honestly it’s very simple. It’s just a person that believes in equality for men and women. Men and women balance each other out and we have to get to a point where we’re comfortable appreciating each other.”
The video concludes with images of Beyonce’s family, Jay-Z, and her daughter Blue Ivy.