About the Film
In 1969, during the same summer as Woodstock, a different music festival took place 100 miles away. More than 300,000 people attended the summer concert series known as the Harlem Cultural Festival. It was filmed, but after that summer, the footage sat in a basement for 50 years. It has never been seen. Until now. Questlove’s dazzling directorial debut erupted at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award, Directors Award, and a Grand Jury Prize.
Summer Of Soul is a stunning unearthed treasure destined to become a pillar of American music and African American history. This transportative documentary reincarnates the energy of an epic event that radiated the wholesale reevaluation of Black history, culture, fashion, and music. This rich tapestry deftly incorporates an unforgettable musical revue that includes many rare gems, such as a Stevie Wonder drum solo and a duet between Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples. 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.
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