13th. January 2022

Grand Jury prize & Audience Award –
Sundance Film Festival 2021

January 13th
Summer of Soul 12A
Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Country: USA. Language: English. Running time: 117 minutes
UK release date: June 2021

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Questlove 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.

“As well as providing an incomparable primer in black American music’s evolution, Questlove and his
production team bring to light many forgotten moments in the history of the civil rights movement.”
– Saskia Baron, The Arts Desk

“Thompson’s feature debut intertwines music and politics in one of the best concert movies of all time.” – Mark Kermode, The Observer

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