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

2021, Documentary/Music, 1h 57m

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Deftly interweaving incredible live footage with a series of revealing interviews, Summer of Soul captures the spirit and context of a watershed moment while tying it firmly to the present. Read critic reviews

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Summer of Soul will be educational for a lot of viewers, but whether or not you know about the history behind it, this incredible music is not to be missed. Read audience reviews

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In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson 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.

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Stevie Wonder
Music Performer
Nina Simone
Music Performer
Mahalia Jackson
Music Performer
B.B. King
Music Performer
The 5th Dimension
Music Performer
Jody Allen
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David Barse
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Rocky Collins
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Ron Eisenberg
Executive Producer
Shawn Peters
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Jen Isaacson
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Jon Kamen
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David Sirulnick
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Jannat Gargi
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Beth Hubbard
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Davis Guggenheim
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Laurene Powell-Jobs
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Jeffrey Lurie
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Marie Therese Guirgis
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