Summer of Soul
Film

Summer of Soul

(...Or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
September 25, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Director Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson's feature debut intertwines music and politics into one gloriously entertaining and intellectually astute film.

21/22 Hop Film

SUMMER OF SOUL | Official Trailer | In Theaters and on Hulu July 2


In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, 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 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. Winner: Sundance 2021 Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award D: Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, US, 2021

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