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

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is a documentary film. The director of the film is Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. This is the directorial debut of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.



Lin-Manuel Miranda as Self
Chris Rock as Self
Stevie Wonder
Nina Simone
Nina Simone as Self
B.B. King as Self
Mavis Staples
Moms Mabley
Abbey Lincoln
Mahalia Jackson
Jesse Jackson
The 5th Dimension
David Ruffin
Gladys Knight & The Pips
Max Roach as Self
Sal Masekela as Self
Sly and the Family Stone as Self
Hugh Masekela
John V. Lindsay


The film shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present.

The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park).

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson discusses “Summer of Soul”

This is the story of something historical that happened happened over 50 years ago that just sat in a basement that could have changed our lives the same way the Woodstock film changed the world’s lives. This could have done that and I still feel that this film has the power.

Release date

The film will begin streaming on Hulu in the U.S. on July 2, 2021.

It premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in January 2021.

Other notes

The film producers are Joseph Patel p.g.a., Robert Fyvolent p.g.a., and David Dinerstein p.g.a.

The Executive producers are Jen Isaacson, Jon Kamen, Dave Sirulnick, Jody Allen, Ruth Johnston, Rocky Collins, Jannat Gargi, Beth Hubbard, Davis Guggenheim, Laurene Powell Jobs, Jeffrey Lurie, Marie Therese Guirgis, David Barse, Ron Eisenberg, Sheila C. Johnson and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

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