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Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

In his acclaimed Sundance Film Festival directorial debut, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. Summer of Soul shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more. Summer of Soul won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Documentary category at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Country, Year United States, 2021
DirectorAhmir “Questlove” Thompson
CastStevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, Mavis Staples, B.B. King, and Gladys Knight
ProducerDavid Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent, Joseph Patel
Runtime117 MINS, SECS