The visual project, which Knowles is calling an interdisciplinary performance art film, shows her returning to her hometown of Houston.
“The film is an exploration of origin, asking the question how much of ourselves do we bring with us versus leave behind in our evolution,” a press release explained. “The artist returned to Third Ward Houston to answer this.”
The new album features appearances and contributions from Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti, Phylicia Rashad, Dev Hynes, Debbie Allen, Earl Sweatshirt, The-Dream, Metro Boomin, Cassie, Pharrell, Devin the Dude, Standing on the Corner, and others.
The film was directed and edited by Knowles with contributing directors Alan Ferguson, Terence Nance, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Ray Tintori.
“I couldn’t be more proud,” Knowles said in an Instagram announcement of the film’s release.
She will be taking the stage as an act at this year’s Coachella Music Festival in April.