Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s debut film Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival will be released in theaters and streaming on Hulu in the U.S. on July 2, 2021.
Searchlight Pictures will release the documentary film theatrically in partnership with Disney’s new BIPOC Creator Initiative; and the film will also stream internationally on Star at a date to be confirmed.
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. For 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). After that summer, the footage was largely unseen for over 50 years – 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 B.B. King, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Stevie Wonder and more.