★★★★★ "colourful, candid and compelling look at a musical and cultural celebration" - Stuff.co.nz.
A hundred miles south of Woodstock, some of the biggest names in blues, gospel and soul – including Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, BB King and Mahalia Jackson – prepare to take the stage. It’s 1969, the year of the Manson murders, the moon landing and the third Harlem Cultural Festival, which brought almost 300,000 people to upper Manhattan’s Morrison Park. The concert series, held over a series of weekends, was filmed by Hal Tulchin, yet his footage of this history-making event remained locked in a basement for 50 years … until now.
“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
★★★★★ - Empire
"an important slice of cultural history" "Sonically flawless, authentically textured and deep-rooted in cultural significance" "the best concert you’ll never go to"
★★★★★ - Guardian
"thrilling" "spectacular" "illuminating" "striking and rich with power"
★★★★★ - Time Out
"a killer concert film; a series of powerful gigs finally given their due."
★★★★★ - CineVue
"Musical food for the soul"
★★★★ - Flickering Myth
"A joyous celebration of Black culture and a full-hearted reminder of the euphoric festival atmosphere we're all missing right now"
"A joyous piece of filmmaking, something that I could have watched for literal hours, and contains quite simply some of the best concert footage ever put on film." - RogerEbert.com