Summer of Soul


Date:               Sunday 16th October
Time:              8.00 pm

Directors:        Questlove
Cast:                 Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Nina
Simone, David Ruffin,
The 5th Dimension a. o.
Production Year:      2021, USA, 118 min.

English with German subtitles

Stevie Wonder. Sly and the Family Stone. Nina Simone. B.B. King. The Staple Singers. The 5th Dimension. David Ruffin. Mahalia Jackson. Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Nearly overlapping with the 1969 Woodstock festival 100 miles away, these seminal Black artists and many more performed for over 300,000 people at a once-in-a-lifetime event.

From June 29th to August 24th, The Harlem Cultural Festival played for six Sundays in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park. Unlike that other music festival upstate, the footage from the Harlem Cultural Festival could not find a home that summer of 1969, and instead sat in a basement for over 50 years, keeping this momentous celebration hidden until now.

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