The film examines the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which took place on six Sundays between June 29 and August 24 1969 at Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) in Harlem, using professional footage of the festival that was filmed as it happened, stock news footage, and modern-day interviews with attendees. It features a galaxy of contemporary stars including: a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Sly and the Family Stone, Mahalia Jackson, B. B. King, The Staple Singers and many more.
The film received acclaim from critics, with particular praise given to the restoration of the footage used. It won numerous awards, including Best Documentary Feature at the 6th Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, where it won in all six categories in which it was nominated, Best Documentary at the 75th British Academy Film Awards, Best Documentary Feature at the 94th Academy Awards, and Best Music Film at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. It has been considered one of the best films of the 2020s and of the 21st century.
Directed by Questlove.
USA 2021 | In English | 118 mins | Cert 12A
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