Opening Night: European Premiere: Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
+ pre-recorded Q&A
Transporting feature doc with never-before-seen footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.
Dir Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
In the summer of 1969, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). After that summer, the footage was largely forgotten – until now. Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson presents a transporting film that includes never-before-seen concert performances from Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach and more.
Tickets: £15, concs £12 (BFI Members pay £2 less). On sale to BFI Patrons and Champions Tue 18 May 11:30, to BFI Members Tue 18 May 12:30 and to the public from Wed 19 May 11:30.