Reverend Jesse Jackson, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone

WFFA : Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Oct 5th
7:30 pm
€9 |

117 minutes, USA, 2021, 12A




Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)



Summer 1969: more than 300,000 people attended the Harlem Cultural Festival; a summer concert series which took place over 6 consecutive weekends. Overshadowed by Woodstock, which happened that same year, the event and its filmed footage were forgotten … 


Questlove’s acclaimed directorial debut transports us back to this extraordinary gathering – rediscovering incredible performances from, among others, Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Nina Simone. 

Much more than just a music documentary, Summer of Soul reflects on the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Malcom X and Martin Luther King, the Moon Landing and the Black Panthers’ movement. It is a glorious celebration of Black history and culture, punctuated by some truly uplifting musical performances.


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  • Early arrival to our theatre is advised and we suggest being present up to a half an hour before the event start time.
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  • Face coverings are required while moving about our building and may be removed once seated.
  • We ask that you (as we will) all adhere to all of the public health safety guidelines that keep us safe, these include proper hand hygiene and social distancing.


Sundance Film Festival 2021

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2021

Sheffield DocFest 2021


Winner – Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival 2021

Winner – Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2021


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The message is vital – and the film is superb. … A truly sublime, joyous, inspiring festival film that has gone from unseen to instantly iconic. Get ready to rethink history and dance in the aisles at the same time.”

Roe McDermott, Hot Press


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