Summer of Soul
Certified Fresh with 98% on Rotten Tomatoes!
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. 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.
USA, 2021, 117 minutes, Rated PG-13, Directed by Questlove (Ahmir-Khalib Thompson)
“A joyous piece of filmmaking, something that I could have watched for literal hours, and contains quite simply some of the best concert footage ever put on film."—Brian Tallerico, ROGEREBERT.COM
“This sizzling concert film is a resurrected piece of power-to-the-people art, featuring dizzyingly rich footage from 1969's Harlem Cultural Festival. [It] reclaims a forgotten piece of Black culture with aching timeliness.”– Tomris Laffly, HARPER’S BAZAAR
“An absolute triumph. It uncovers a holy grail of soul, Latin, and jazz music that quite literally reshapes the story of what took place musically in the summer of 1969.”– Jason Gorber, POV MAGAZINE
“Questlove's ‘Summer of Soul’ is as much an essential music documentary as it is a public service.”– Chris Barsanti, SLANT MAGAZINE
“An outstanding archival work, it digs up beautiful footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival-a rapturous celebration of music that featured acts such as Sly & the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and Gladys Knight & the Pips.”– David Sims, THE ATLANTIC
“Musical food for the soul, in equal parts spiritual, personal, reverential, challenging and defiant, it is a remarkable achievement for the first-time filmmaker [Questlove].”– Matthew Anderson, CINEVUE