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

      PG-13 Released Jul 2, 2021 1h 57m Documentary Music TRAILER for Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised): Trailer 1 List Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised): Trailer 1 Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised): Trailer 1 1:57 Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised): Trailer 1 Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised): Trailer 1 0:58 View more videos
      99% Tomatometer 222 Reviews 98% Audience Score 100+ Verified Ratings 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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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.

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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.

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      Kenneth Womack Salon.com As with the best films, Questlove's narrative is shrouded in mystery, while leaving an emotional resonance that won't be soon forgotten. Jul 11, 2022 Full Review Kambole Campbell Hyperallergic Despite being a first feature, Summer of Soul concisely balances performance, interview, and history in its own rhythmic fashion. Aug 3, 2021 Full Review David Fear Rolling Stone Summer of Soul is both a tribute to the artists and, just as importantly, their audience -- which is what makes it not just a great concert film but a great documentary, period. Rated: 4.5/5 Aug 2, 2021 Full Review Sarah Vincent Sarah G Vincent Views “Summer of Soul” feels as if it is the wistful answer to a question that viewers had after watching “Black Panther” (2018), “Where is our Wakanda?” For a moment, it was Harlem. Jun 12, 2024 Full Review Marya E. Gates Cool People Have Feelings, Too. (Substack) Come for a great music doc with historic performances, and stay for a much-needed reconsideration of what exactly counts as collective "American" cultural history. Feb 12, 2024 Full Review Kevin Bourne SHIFTER Summer of Soul isn’t just music history—it’s Black history. This film is an invitation to "come home" and absolutely essential for those who want to relive the coming of age of Black music. Jul 19, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Mikhail Amazing! This movie really moved me and left me wanting more. That's both a good and bad thing but this is definitely worth the watch if you have any interest in music at all. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/21/22 Full Review gamejukr It's a disgrace that this sat for 50 years unseen. Sound was incredible and the way the film was re-cut made the wait worth it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/27/21 Full Review Tom A. My favorite documentary of any concert. Absolute magic. Mind-blowing footage and heart-melting music. Historical and emotional. Stevie at age 19 and Mahalia Jackson! what more do you need to know? See it in the theater to support the project. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/04/21 Full Review Robert Some great history, perspectives and the music was great. Especially Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, too. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/04/21 Full Review Merle Thanks QuestLove OMG we uberly enjoyed Summer of Soul! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/04/21 Full Review Robert A great documentary about an event I didn't even know happened in the summer of 1969! Enjoyed the innocence and graciousness of the performers and attendees. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/01/21 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
      Producer
      David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent, Joseph Patel
      Distributor
      Searchlight Pictures
      Production Co
      Two One Five Entertainment, Play/Action Pictures, Concordia Studio, Mass Distraction Media, Vulcan Productions, LarryBilly Productions, RadicalMedia
      Rating
      PG-13 (Smoking|Brief Drug Material|Some Disturbing Images)
      Genre
      Documentary, Music
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 2, 2021, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 2, 2021
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $2.3M
      Runtime
      1h 57m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital, Stereo
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