Thu 2 - Fri 17 Sept

Summer of Soul

Cert. 12A

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

117 mins

in English

USA | 2021 | doc | dir. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, with Mavis Staples, Mahalia Jackson, BB King, Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Nina Simone, Max Roach, Mongo Santamaria

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.

The spectacular Summer of Soul shines a light on the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present, and on the importance of remembering. The film includes never-before-seen performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension, Max Roach, Mongo Santamaria and many more.

From 25 August

See also Summer of Soul (CinéBabies) on 17 Sept, a screening for parents and carers of under 18 months babies.

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