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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 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, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.
Summer of Soul premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.
Thursday 2nd September
Mavis Staples, Hugh Masekela, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, Moms Mabley, Jesse Jackson
The Astor Theatre, Pentridge Cinema, Palace Central, Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Palace Byron Bay, Palace James St, Palace Electric Cinema