Review: Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)’

If the accolades bestowed on Ahmir Khalib “Questlove” Thompson’s directorial debut as a feature documentary filmmaker are any indication, we are on the cusp of a fresh “Summer of Soul” in the hot months of 2021. Claiming both Grand Jury and Audience Award prizes following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Questlove’s beautifully constructed movie is a history lesson and a celebration. Something akin to the unearthing of a time capsule, Summer of Soul presents the sights, sounds and memories of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a series of concerts staged over a six-week period at Marcus Garvey Park (then called Mount Morris Park) in New York. Featuring thrilling live sets by a to-die-for lineup including Nina Simon
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