Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
In 1969, a revolution in cultural, political and social life was soundtracked by sounds of the Harlem Cultural Festival – better known as "Black Woodstock". For 50 years, footage of performances by the likes of Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, BB King, Mavis Staples and Gladys Knight sat, unseen, in a basement. We have The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson – making his directorial debut – to thank for bringing it to our screen. The Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner and Audience Award winner at Sundance, 'Summer of Soul' transports us to a time of revolution – and resistance – through music.
Stars: Dorinda Drake, Barbara Bland-Acosta, Darryl Lewis
Running time: 1hr 58min
Film classification: PG - Mild themes and drug references
About Zoo Summer Cinema
You're invited to Zoo Summer Cinema, a new outdoor moviegoing experience in the lush surrounds of Melbourne Zoo. Classic favourites, cult hits, premiere events and new releases are projected against the night sky.
Spend a summer evening at the Zoo visiting the animals before you find a spot on the lawns, or upgrade to the exclusive Lawn Lounge or premium Gold Grass sections. Take in the sounds of local DJs before the main attraction, and pay a visit to the food precinct for dinner and a drink.
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Zoo Summer Cinema supports Melbourne Zoo's Marine Response Unit and its work to rescue injured marine wildlife in Victoria's waters.
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