Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

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

USA 2021
118 min • English
Theme: Opening and closing films
20.11.2022 | Time 19:00 | Venue: Tapio 2 | BUY TICKET

A powerful and transporting documentary about the Harlem Cultural Festival in the summer of 1969.

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 Mount Morris Park. The footage was 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-seen-before concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, B.B. King, and more.

Welcome to an enjoyable journey to the hot summer of 1969!