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Summer of Soul is Now Available on Digital and DVD

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this movie to review.

Film Synopsis

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 (now Marcus Garvey 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 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.

Review: I grew up during the Motown era and have always loved the music.  As a young child, I had never heard of this wonderful event that took place in the early 60s. I can only imagine how powerful and wonderful it must have been to be there. You will love the performances and unity of the crowds and seeing so many people come together and celebrate each other. I enjoyed this documentary film and the music.  It brings back memories of listening to Motown records with my mom. 


Bonus Features*

  • Audio Commentary – View the film with audio commentary by director Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson.
  • Soul Searching – A behind-the-scenes look atSummer of Soul. We’ll learn about where the footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival has been, how it was uncovered, and why director Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson decided to tell this story now.
  • Harlem: Then & Now – We revisit Mount Morris Park, location of the Harlem Cultural Festival. We learn how the neighborhood was a crossroads of culture and precarious politics and explore why Summer of Soul is so relevant during this present time of great political upheaval.


*bonus features vary by product and retailer     


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