DOXA 2021

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

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Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Summer of Soul (... Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is a vibrant archival music documentary chronicling the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a hugely popular series of outdoor concerts held in Harlem the same summer as Woodstock. Featuring riveting footage of never-before-seen performances by the leading Black artists of the age—Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, and more—Questlove’s film is nothing short of a sociopolitical love letter to Black music and movement. As an act of restoration and reclamation, Summer of Soul is an unapologetic tribute to Black artistry on the heels of a decade of civil rights and civil losses.

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

  • Year
  • Runtime
    120 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
  • Executive Producer
    Jody Allen, David Barse
  • Cinematographer
    Shawn Peters
  • Editor
    Joshua L. Pearson