SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)
SUMMER OF SOUL
August 29, September 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 16
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, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.
Dir: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson / 2021 / US / 117 min
“Summer of Soul is a breathtaking chronicle of Black culture in a pivotal moment.” – Eric Deggans, NPR
“This sizzling concert film is a resurrected piece of power-to-the-people art, featuring dizzyingly rich footage from 1969’s Harlem Cultural Festival. [It] reclaims a forgotten piece of Black culture with aching timeliness.” – Tomris Laffly, Harper’s Bazaar
“An outstanding archival work, it digs up beautiful footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival-a rapturous celebration of music that featured acts such as Sly & the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and Gladys Knight & the Pips.” – David Sims, The Atlantic
SCREENING: SUN 8/29 7PM; THU 9/2 4PM; FRI 9/3 7PM; SAT 9/4 7PM; SUN 9/5 4PM; SAT 9/11 7PM; SUN 9/12 4PM; THU 9/16 7PM
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