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

6-8 August

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


In the summer of 1969, the Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). After that summer, the footage was largely forgotten – until now. Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson presents a transporting film that includes never-before-seen concert performances from Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach, and more. Don't miss this slice of music history featuring performances from some of America's greatest musicians.

Please note: Summer of Soul screenings will run till 12 August. Tickets for screenings for 9-12 August will go on sale soon.

So striking and rich with power ... that, while watching it, I actually forgot to breathe. ★★★★★

The Guardian

This is Black music at the end of a turbulent decade filled with rights gained and leaders lost. It’s Motown, the blues, R&B, Afro-Latino jams and praise-the-lord hymns — songs that are loving, healing, spiritual, carnal, buoyant and enraged.

Rolling Stone

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  • Director Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson
  • Country USA
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Running Time 1h57m
  • Certificate 12A: images of real dead bodies, moderate violence, racism, drug references

Technical Difficulties

Please be advised that we are unable to offer lift access for any performances taking place in Cinema 1 at the moment due to technical issues.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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