Summer of Soul

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In 1969, during the same summer as Woodstock, a different music festival took place 100 miles away. More than 30,000 people attended the summer concert series known as the Harlem Cultural Festival, which featured a mind-blowing musical line-up of major Black artists of the day, including Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

“A joyous piece of filmmaking, something that I could have watched for literal hours, and contains quite simply some of the best concert footage ever put on film.” – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

It was filmed, but after that summer, the footage sat in a basement for 50 years.   It has never been seen.   Until now.    Summer of Soul is a stunning unearthed treasure destined to become a pillar of American music and African American history. In his striking debut as a filmmaker, legendary musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents this transporting documentary – part concert film, part historical record – about an epic event that radiated the wholesale re-evaluation of Black history, culture, fashion and music. This rich tapestry deftly incorporates an unforgettable musical revue that includes many rare gems, including a Stevie Wonder drum solo and a duet between Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples. 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. (Dir. by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, 2021, USA, 117 mins., Rated PG-13)

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