Oscar®-Nominated Documentary ‘Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)’ To Air On ABC Feb. 20, 2022

Summer of Soul

If you’ve been wanting to see the Oscar-nominated documentary “Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” but don’t have Hulu or Disney+, the film will air tonight (Feb 20) on ABC.

Produced in partnership with Disney’s Onyx Collective and Searchlight Pictures, “Summer of Soul,” was a passion project by musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Thompson presents a powerful and moving documentary that is part music film, part historical record.

Summer of Soul - 5th Dimension

Over the course of six weeks in summer 1969, just 100 miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). It was an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture, and fashion.

The footage was largely forgotten – until this documentary.

The film includes concert performances by music legends Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension, and more.

Summer of Soul - Gladys Knight

“Summer of Soul” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.

The film has swept the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards with wins in all six categories for which it was nominated, including Best Documentary Feature and Best Director. It has also won 46 awards across critics’ groups and guilds, and is currently nominated for an additional 43 awards, including an Oscar nod.


The film will make its broadcast television premiere on ABC starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT. If you love music or history, this is a film you don’t want to miss.

ABC is also holding a Twitter Watch Party in conjunction with the airing of “Summer of Soul.” Live-tweet with ABC Network, Onyx Collective, Searchlight Pictures, and Hulu during the East Coast broadcast premiere at hashtag #SummerOfSoulMovie.


Here is the trailer for “Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”: