Cinema 2021: Summer of Soul (Questlove) (Best Films)

This seminal documentary, about a series of open-air concerts in Harlem in 1969, interweaves stunning performance footage (rarely seen before) with interviews with musicians and audience members.

The lineup is a pantheon of Black talent, including Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, the Staple Singers, Mahalia Jackson and many more.

But the film is more than a time capsule. It’s educational and informative–a history lesson in the best sese of the term–and massively entertaining.

It also offers a compelling argument for why film art matters — and what it can do — in times of conflict.

Credit…Searchlight Pictures