This Sundance Winner is a film that will make you cry, laugh and jump in excitement at the same time. The raw power and energy of music and revolution unite into an unforgettable experience.
Summer of Soul is a film that will loosen your hips and have your senses run wild. It is a film about a crucial fight, one that is unfortunately just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.
The year is 1969 and 300,000 people have gathered to celebrate African American history, culture, music and fashion. Over the course of six weekends, the Harlem Cultural Festival kicks off in Mount Morris Park. The recordings of the festival, which includes concerts with greats such as Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight, 5th Dimension and a duet between Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples - to name a few - have been stored away in a basement for 50 years. In Ahmir «Questlove» Thompson's (drummer from The Roots etc.) directorial debut, these historical recordings are blended together with new interviews, and the result is Summer of Soul (... Or, When the revolution could not be televised): an abundance of unforgettable music and unsurpassed festival atmosphere, and a film that definitely comes into its own as a collective experience at TIFF's wonderful Winter Cinema.
With this screening, TIFF together with the Troms and Finnmark county marks the start of the Volunteer Year but a film screening at Utekino together with all voluntary organizations.
|Run time:||1h 57m|
|Producer:||David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent, Joseph Patel|