Not the last person in the world of hip-hop made his debut in documentary and immediately received the main film award.
Questlove won an Oscar for Best Documentary.
His directorial debut, The Soul Summer, is about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.
“It’s an indescribable moment for me, but it’s not about me, it’s about the marginalized people of Harlem who needed to be cured of pain. Know that in 2022 this film is not just a picture of the marginalized people of Harlem in 1969,” Questlove said. .
The film with the filming of the festival was found only 50 years later. The drummer of The Roots had to reduce three and a half hours of material to ninety minutes. As a result, the musician turned out to be a real ode to black music culture.
One of the strongest and most emotional moments of the film is the joint performance of Mavis Staples and Mahalia Jackson.
The film won the Grand Prix of the jury and the prize from the audience at the Sundance Festival, which, in February 2021, premiered. The film was also recognized as the best documentary work at the 2021 Independent Film Festival. Along with the picture, a soundtrack was also released with all the performers who took part in the festival. Among them are Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Sly & the Family Stone and Staple Singers.