Summer of Soul (â€¦Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
USA, Feature Documentary, 2021, 117 min
Sly Stone Courtesy of Mass Distraction Media
In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir â€œQuestloveâ€ Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentaryâ€”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 100 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 forgottenâ€”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,The Staples Singers, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.
Distributed by Searchlight Pictures
Directed by Ahmir â€œQuestloveâ€ Thompson