Summer of Soul


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Jul 16 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Jul 17 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Jul 18 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Jul 20 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Jul 21 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Jul 22 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2021
Run Time:117 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ahmir-Khalib "Questlove" Thompson
Cast:Stevie Wonder
B.B. King
Mahalia Jackson
Nina Simone
The 5th Dimension
Gladys Knight & The Pips
Sly and the Family Stone


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. He seeks to recover the meaningful spirit of the past – when the biggest names in African-American music, culture, and politics came together for a landmark, transformational Black cultural event.

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 (now 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. By way of intimate, newly restored footage, and recent interviews with attendees and the artists who performed, the film documents the moment when the old school of the Civil Rights movement and new school of the Black Power movement shared the same stage, highlighted by an array of genres including soul, R&B, gospel, blues, jazz, and Latin.

“Summer of Soul” 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.

“A song isn’t just a song. It can capture a moment in time. It will tell you a story, if you look close enough. The story of ‘Summer of Soul’ is my voice.” — Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson