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'Summer of Soul': Release date, how to live stream, plot, and all you need to know about star-studded music docu

'Summer of Soul' features legenday musicians like Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder and more talkiing about the classic Harlem Cultural Festival
A still from 'Summer of Soul' (Sundance Festival)
A still from 'Summer of Soul' (Sundance Festival)

Streaming platform Hulu is coming out with a new documentary titled ‘Summer of Soul’ which will undoubtedly satisfy all the music lovers. The documentary revolves around the summer concert series known as the “Harlem Cultural Festival.” According to the footage, more than 300,000 people attended the festival and it was considered to be one of the most amazing music festivals in history.

However, the footage was never made public and sat in a basement for 50 years. The legendary musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is bringing the never-seen-before footage out for the first time and the viewers will be able to look at the festival from a different perspective.

The documentary had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2021. It won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the US Documentary Competition at the iconic festival.


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Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming documentary.

Harlem Cultural Festival (Getty Images/CBS)

Release date

‘Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)’ will arrive on the big screen on Friday, July 2, 2021. On the other hand, the movie will be premiering exclusively on Hulu on the same date as well.

Air time

Air time for the show hasn't been announced yet. Once the full schedule is available, we will update this space.

Official poster of 'Summer of Soul' (Wikipedia)

How to live stream

The upcoming documentary can be viewed on Hulu on July 2, 2021. Viewers can download the Hulu app from Google Play and Apple’s App Store. If you are not based in the United States, using a VPN will help you to catch all movies from the network.


The official synopsis reads, “In 1969, during the same summer as Woodstock, a different music festival took place 100 miles away. More than 300,000 people attended the summer concert series known as the Harlem Cultural Festival. It was filmed, but after that summer, the footage sat in a basement for 50 years. It has never been seen - until now. ‘Summer of Soul’ is a stunning unearthed treasure destined to become a pillar of American music and African American history. In his striking debut as a filmmaker, the legendary musician Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson presents this transporting documentary - part concert film, part historical record - about an epic event that radiated the wholesale re-evaluation of Black history, culture, fashion, and music.”


The documentary features interviews from legendary musicians like Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, and BB King. Apart from the aforementioned names, the movie also includes interviews from notable personalities like Lin Manuel-Miranda, Chris Rock, Sal Masekela, and Jesse Jackson.

Recording artist Lauryn Hill pays tribute to Nina Simone during the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Getty Images)


The documentary feature is being helmed by musician Questlove. The singer-songwriter is known for producing soundtracks in movie such as ‘Superbad’, ‘Hancock’, ‘Creed’, ‘Zoolander 2’ and ‘13th’. He also appears on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ since 2014. Questlove will be serving as the music director for the 93rd Academy Awards. Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, and David Dinerstein are producers on the project.

Questlove of music group The Roots attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

Questlove, 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, and Sheila Johnson will serve as executive producers.

On the other hand, Jonathan Silberberg and Nicole Stott are serving as co-producers.


The trailer for the upcoming documentary will be unveiled during the 93rd Academy Awards on April 25, 2021.

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