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Summer of Soul (N/C 18)

Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson’s documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival is part concert film, part historical record.

In 1969, during the same summer as Woodstock, a different music festival took place 100 miles away. More than 300,000 people attended the summer concert series known as the Harlem Cultural Festival: a celebration of African American music and culture that promoted Black pride and unity. It was filmed, but after that summer, the footage sat in a basement for 50 years. It has never been seen. Until now.

In his striking debut as a film-maker, the legendary musician Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson presents this transporting documentary—part concert film, part historical record—about an epic event that prompted the wholesale re-evaluation of Black history, culture, fashion and music. Summer of Soul shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual wellbeing and stands as a testament to the healing power of music.

  • DIRECTOR: Questlove
  • CAST: Chris Rock, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, Abbey Lincoln 

This screening is presented in partnership with Sheffield DocFest as part of Live From Sheffield, allowing audiences from across the UK to enjoy select titles from the DocFest programme in local cinemas.

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