Indian American Josh Patel bags an Academy award for “Summer of Soul”

Summer of Soul, is a never-before-seen archive film of the Harlem Cultural Festival, honoring African American music and culture and encouraging Black pride and togetherness.

Indian American Josh Patel bags an Academy award for “Summer of Soul”
Joseph Patel (center) with Long Goodbye director Aneil and actor-rapper Riz Ahmed. (Photo: Joseph/Instagram)

"Summer of Soul" producer Joseph Patel, an Indian-American, was declared to be the 10th South Asian to ever win an Academy award. The documentary won an Oscar this year for the best documentary feature.

During an interview Patel said, “I’m in a room full of journalists so I have to say this because I would be remiss not to. Riz Ahmed earlier tonight became the ninth South Asian to ever win an Academy Award. I became the 10th. Tonight, two South Asians won an Academy Award. Also this will please my mother, I’m the first Patel ever to win an Oscar. So, I am very proud of that.”