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Summer of Soul

(Rated PG)

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“Something very important was happening”

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Overview

Featuring never-before-seen performances from the likes of Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Sly and The Family Stone and Mahalia Jackson, Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) documents the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, also known as “Black Woodstock”. The award-winning documentary debut of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson unearths Hal Tulchin’s original footage from the event, which had astoundingly remained locked in a basement for five decades. Both a joyous, life-affirming concert film, and a fascinating piece of cultural history, Summer of Soul weaves together archival materials and contemporary interviews to revisit this landmark celebration of Black history, culture and fashion.

Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award
— Sundance Film Festival 2021
“One of the best concert movies of all time”
— The Observer
“So striking and rich with power, I actually forgot to breathe”
— The Guardian
“Sonically flawless, authentically textured and deep-rooted in cultural significance”
— Empire
“Gloriously entertaining and intellectually astute”
— BBC

Why You Should See This Film

Granted the rare honour of winning both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and receiving unanimous raves from critics, Summer of Soul is one of the most highly acclaimed documentaries of the year — not to mention being lauded as one of the best concert films of all time. We can’t think of a film that’s more perfect for right now.

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  • Year: 2021
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
  • Duration: 118 minutes
  • Language: English
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