IFI@Belltable | Summer of Soul - Lime Tree Theatre

IFI@Belltable | Summer of Soul

(…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

IFI@Belltable returns for the Autumn season with this highly acclaimed music documentary.

Questlove | 117 mins | 2021 | USA | Digital | 12A

In 1969, during the same summer as Woodstock, a different music festival took place 100 miles away. More than 300,000 people attended the summer concert series known as the Harlem Cultural Festival. It was filmed, but after that summer, the footage sat in a basement for 50 years.

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IFI@Belltable | Summer of Soul

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In his striking debut as a filmmaker, Questlove, founding member of seminal Philadelphia hip-hop group The Roots, presents this transporting documentary – part concert film, part historical record – about an epic event that catalysed a re-evaluation of Black history, culture, fashion, and music.

Not only is the film brilliantly assembled and edited, and highly entertaining, with incredible performances from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, and Nina Simone, but it also functions as an important piece of restoration, shining a light onto a hidden corner of cultural history, and is every bit as relevant to audiences today as we continue to grapple with issues of racial identity.

IFI@Belltable tickets are limited.


  • Please note all IFI@Belltable ticket prices include a booking charge.
  • Seating is strictly limited. Seating is allocated with two metre social distancing around each group unless Government restrictions on venue capacity ease.
  • No exchanges or refunds.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • On street parking.

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