Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is the untold story of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, featuring never-before-seen performances from Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone and scores of others. The unreleased footage that was shot that summer sat in a basement for over 50 years, keeping this incredible event in America’s history lost - until now. Summer Of Soul is a joyous musical celebration and the rediscovery of a nearly erased historical event that celebrated Black culture, pride and unity.
“IT BLEW ME AWAY. To describe “Summer of Soul” as a concert film doesn’t do it justice. It does capture some absolutely mesmerizing musical performances … but it anchors them in a vivid and complicated tableau of politics, culture and city life.” - NY Times
“NOT JUST A GREAT CONCERT FILM BUT A GREAT DOCUMENTARY, PERIOD… What’s captured here is a vibrant, vital, essential look at a handful of performers in their prime.” - Rolling Stone