The acclaimed music documentary ‘Summer of Soul’which marks the directorial debut of the musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompsonbecame one of the most praised productions of the last year and it is clear that it would not leave the Oscars empty-handed.
In the announcement of the winners, the feature film won the award for Best Documentary.
Review | Summer of Soul: Documentary rescues black music festival ignored by American history
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The documentary is part musical film, part historical construction created through an epic event that celebrated the culture, fashion and importance of the black community. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just 100 miles from Woodstock, the Harlem Cultural Festival took place, filmed at Mount Morris Park. The recordings had never been seen until now. ‘Summer of Soul’ shows the importance of history and a testament to the healing power of music in times of crisis, both past and present.
The work features performances by legends of the phonographic scene, including Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, B.B. King and many others.
‘Summer of Soul’ took home the Jury Prize and the Audience Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.