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The Staff

Summer of Soul would already be remarkable if it was just a collection of some of the greatest live performances ever put to film. Boasting a roster that includes Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight, and Sly and the Family Stone, the nearly-forgotten 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival featured in the documentary was an all-star catalog of some of the biggest names in popular music, all at pivotal moments in their careers. Seeing them at the height of their powers, in front of a Black audience that meant so much to them, makes for an unexpectedly emotional experience.

But Summer of Soul also expands beyond the actual concert, using the Harlem Cultural Festival to represent a turning point in Black culture and history, especially after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. Through the film’s pristine, electric editing and gorgeous archival restoration, music becomes a communal act of mourning, a rallying cry to face the uncertain future, and a celebration of a people and a heritage continuing to fight against erasure and persecution.

1. You can watch
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021)
on
Hulu

Price:
 $5.99 per month
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 30 days
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2. You can watch
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021)
on
Disney+

Price:
 $6.99 per month
Device availability:
 Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, PlayStation, Roku, Xbox
Disney Plus launched to much anticipation in 2019 and gained over 10 million subscribers within its first day on the market. Currently, Disney Plus sits alongside Hulu and ESPN Plus as the Walt Disney Company's three primary streaming platforms for the US market. In 2021, Disney Puls reported 100 million subscribers worldwide.

3. You can watch
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021)
on
Vudu

Device availability:
 Amazon Fire TV, Android, Chromecast, iOS, LG Smart TV, Playsation, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, TiVo, Vizio, Xbox, Xfinity Flex
Vudu is an on-demand streaming service that allows users to rent or purchase more than 200,000 new releases. Founded in 2007, it's one of the first companies to offer digital films in HD. Vudu's main strength is its ease of access and jam-packed catalog of movies and TV shows, but it also boasts free content, which they run on ads. In 2020, media and ticketing firm Fandango acquired Vudu and merged both companies' streamers into one. They decided to keep the Vudu name because of its vast and loyal customer base.
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