Summer of Soul
Film
Hop Film

Summer of Soul

July 09, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

This year's Best Documentary intertwines music and politics into one gloriously entertaining and socially astute film.

22/23 Hop Film

Summer of Soul | Trailer


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 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, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more. D: Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, 2021, US

"Politics, music, fashion, history, religion – this is one of those super-smart cultural documentaries that has entry points from all sides, but one thing's for sure: this magical, essential event is forgotten no more." Time Out

Till
Till, 2022
Hop Film Now

Hop Film is funded in part by the Orton Hicks 1921 Film Fund and the Philip Fowler 1927 Fund for the Hopkins Center.

Learn More
Summer at the Hop
Summer 2022

With electrifying Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens at the helm, Silkroad Ensemble reminds us of our cultural commonalities through new music. Seth Parker Woods weaves poetry and history into a...

Learn More

Contact Us

Visiting Information