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“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” Premieres Feb 20 on ABC

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On Sunday, February 20, ABC will show the Oscar®-nominated and multiple award-winning documentary “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” (8:00-10:31PM EST). Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s acclaimed directorial debut is a stunning and evocative documentary – part music film, part historical record – centred on an enormous event celebrating Black history, culture, and fashion. The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park over the course of six weeks in August 1969, just 100 miles south of Woodstock (now Marcus Garvey Park). Until now, the footage was largely forgotten.

“Summer of Soul” had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. The film swept the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, taking home awards in each of the six categories in which it was nominated, including Best Documentary Feature and Best Director. Additionally, it has received 46 awards from critics’ groups and guilds, including DOC NYC, the AFI Special Award, the LAFCA, the AAFCA, and the NBR, and has been nominated for 43 additional awards, including the 94th Academy Awards®, the 75th BAFTA Awards, the DGA, Cinema Eye Honors, the GRAMMYS, IDA, PGA, NAACP, ACE, and the MPSE Golden Reel, among others.

“Summer of Soul” earned Disney’s Onyx Collective its first Academy Award® nomination earlier this week, in collaboration with Searchlight Pictures and Hulu.

“Summer of Soul” is streaming on Hulu and Disney+ in collaboration with Onyx Collective; it was released theatrically by Searchlight Pictures.