‘Summer of Soul’ Captures a Heavy Yet Magical Moment In Time

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Imagine Soul Train poured into a blender with Woodstock and you’ll have an idea of the glimmering gem that is Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). But the Disney/Searchlight documentary, which is available on Hulu, is, as Gladys Knight says, about a lot more than music.

Unearthed by none other than The Roots ubiquitous drummer Ahmir Questlove Thompson (who serves as director) the concert-based movie celebrates the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a seemingly forgotten gathering that took place over six weekends in Mount Morris Park, New York. Packed with

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