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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.

SUMMER OF SOUL premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. It will stream on Hulu in conjunction with Disney General Entertainment’s BIPOC Creator Initiative; Searchlight Pictures will release it theatrically.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    117 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    July 2, 2021
  • Note
  • Director
    Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
  • Executive Producer
    Jody Allen, David Barse
  • Cast
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Rock, and Musicians from Summer of Soul concert
  • Cinematographer
    Shawn Peters
  • Editor
    Joshua L. Pearson