8/10 (IMDB)

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

1h 57m Documentary | Music
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

About

SUMMER OF SOUL (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is a feature documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African American music and culture, and promoted Black pride and unity.

Director

Questlove

Cast

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Rock, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone

Rating

PG-13

Year

2021

Country

USA

Language

English


Main Trailer


Reviews

  • "The lack of awareness of this event is another tragic example of black history being ignored. Only this time the record survived, and now we all get to share in it."
    - The Guardian
  • "The genuinely revelatory combined effect of the interviews, concert footage, and pure elation aside, there remains an undercurrent of bristling frustration bubbling beneath the film’s surface. 52 years? That’s how long “Summer of Soul” sat unseen, hidden from the public? If work this important can be squirreled away from view for this long, and if we let our imaginations run wild, then who knows how many other stories lie buried in anonymity, or where."
    - The Playlist
  • "It’s a music documentary like no other, because while it’s a joyful, cataclysmic, and soulfully seductive concert movie, what it’s really about is a key turning point in Black life in America."
    - Variety

Awards

  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Minneapolis St. Paul Int'l Film Festival

Festivals

  • Hot Docs Int'l Film Festival
  • DocLands Documentary Film Festival
  • San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
  • Provincetown Int'l Film Festival
  • Nantucket Film Festival