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Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Rated 12A

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

Dir. Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. USA, 2021. 1h 57m. Starring Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Mavis Staples, Mahalia Jackson, Gladys Knight.

During the same summer as Woodstock, over 300,000 people attended the Harlem Cultural Festival, celebrating African American music and culture, and promoting Black pride and unity. The footage from the festival sat in a basement, unseen for over 50 years, keeping this incredible event in America’s history lost—until now. Featuring never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and many more, this remarkable documentary acts as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present.

‘The lack of awareness of this event is another tragic example of black history being ignored. Only this time the record survived, and now we all get to share in it.’ ★★★★★ Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

‘There is so much beauty in this film, in detail in the outfits of the attendees, the composition of the interviews and in the tightly constructed contextualising montages.’ Leila Latif, Little White Lies


Friday 30 July: 20:30
Saturday 31 July: 18:00
Monday 2 August: 20:30
Wednesday 4 August: 18:15
Thursday 5 August: 20:45