Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

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DirectorAhmir-Khalib Thompson
Running Time1HR 57MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is the acclaimed debut by filmmaker and The Roots member Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson.

For 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). It was an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. After that summer, the footage was never seen and largely forgotten – until now.

Summer of Soul... brings us back to a powerful and transformative moment in history and stands as a testament to music and culture as collective empowerment. In times of unrest, it comes as a moving testimony and an inspiration. Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson presents a powerful and transporting film that includes never-before-seen concert performances from Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The 5th Dimension, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, Ray Barretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.

"So striking and rich with power that, while watching it, I actually forgot to breathe...[a] thrilling documentary - ★★★★★" - Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

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