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

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Sly Stone plays for a large crowd of people at the music festival

An opportunity to see the musical and historical hidden treasure that was the 1969 Harlem Culture Festival.

To think of music in 1969, we often think of ‘that’ festival.

The Summer of Soul is a documentary that teaches us that in the same year, there was another. The Harlem Culture Festival. An alternative, with equal legendary status and cultural impact on those who attended. Although filmed at the time, the festival has never been shared before.

In 2021, esteemed musician and director, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, showcases the event to the world. With appearances from iconic Black American artists such as Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Mahalia JacksonSummer of Soul presents itself as one that cannot be missed.

US 2021 Dir Questlove 118 min



Booking is essential. Unless or until guidance changes, six people or two households of any size can visit together as a group. Please only sit directly beside someone from your household or support bubble, and avoid moving seats when you arrive, so we can keep social distancing in place between you and other groups. 

Before the film, you’re welcome to eat and drink in the Cinema Café area, although the cinema foyer spaces won’t be available at the moment, to allow for social distancing.

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