Summer of Soul

Summer of Soul

Summer of Soul

Music documentary directed by Ahmir-Khalib Thompson (AKA Questlove), celebrating 1969's Harlem Cultural Festival, where performers included Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, The 5th Dimension, The Staple Singers, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Sly and the Family Stone and more.

Held during the same summer as Woodstock, the fest celebrated African American music and culture while promoting Black pride and unity, with over 300,000 people attending. So why haven’t we seen this footage before? As well as showcasing the performances, Questlove goes in search of the answer. 

2021Rating: PG-13117 minsUSA
DocumentaryMusicHistorical

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

A kind of pure fan's love letter, but still a rich and joyful one to experience secondhand.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

As thoughtful as it is rousing...

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Variety

Variety

Stirringly captures the moment when a sea of people in Harlem heard a grand series of voices and said, Yes.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

[Infused] with an honesty and realism.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A joyous piece of filmmaking...

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

There is so much beauty in this film...

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Film Threat

Film Threat

It's a sign of a good movie when it makes you think. The documentary will also make you laugh and dance.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Thompson's subjects speak about the Harlem Cultural Festival as if it were a dream. Summer of Soul brings that dream vibrantly back to life.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

As much an essential music documentary as it is a public service.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

Bearing witness to something, the film seems to say, can sometimes be almost as important as the thing itself.

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Time Out

Time Out

Politics, music, fashion, history, religion - this is one of those super-smart cultural documentaries that has entry points from all sides.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

Questlove revives this electric, never-before-seen, deftly edited footage...

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