The first trailer for Questlove‘s upcoming documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) aired during the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday night, April 25.
Summer of Soul marks the directorial debut of The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. The documentary focuses on the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which lasted for six weeks at Mount Morris Park. The festival featured performances from Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Sly and the Family Stone.
“Woodstock happens in two weeks after this and it defines a lifestyle, it defines a generation,” Questlove said in an interview with Variety earlier this year. “Woodstock, the city name alone, just defines a whole movement. And I kept wondering what would have went down if this were allowed to happen for [Black people].”
“If this were allowed to unfurl and spread across the world as Woodstock did, how much of a difference could that have made in my life as a music lover and as a music collector?” he added. “So, then I just felt this the sense of purpose that I have to tell the story.”
Summer of Soul premiered in February at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Documentary category.
The documentary is set to drop in theaters and on Hulu on July 2.
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