Sheffield DocFest: Summer of Soul (...Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

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CertificateNot Rated
Year2021
GenreDocumentary
DirectorAhmir-Khalib Thompson
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time1HR 57MINS
SeasonDocFest Live From Sheffield

Summer of Soul (...Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is the acclaimed debut by filmmaker 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, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.

From Inverness to Brighton, Belfast to Cardiff, audiences from across the UK will be able to enjoy a number of titles from Sheffield DocFest's Official 2021 Selection simultaneously with audiences in Sheffield. Queen's Film Theatre will screen five films from the festival as part of Live From Sheffield.

We're delighted to swing open the cinema door once more. You might like to read more about the measures we're taking to reduce the risk from COVID-19, including our allocated seating. Find out more here. If you have any questions, we've got a new range of FAQs here, and you can email us on qftmanager@qub.ac.uk.