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Awake Zion

Awake Zion

Event Type: screenings, Jewish Interest, documentary

Thu Feb 16 talk 6:30 | film 7:30pm
$10, $7 mbrs. | +$3 at the door General Public tickets › Members tickets ›


Overview Awake Zion

Dir. Monica Haim | 2014 | 62 min.

The infamous Crown Heights race riots in the summer of '91 set the tone for an urban  battleground  between  Jewish  and  Black  communities  in  Brooklyn. The fallout is still felt in this  historically diverse neighborhood to this day. A  vibrant  and  unique  reggae  music scene  has emerged out of  this  tinderbox,  which is  a  curious  cultural  hybrid  of  Rasta  and  Jewish  influences -  the  most notable  example  being  the  platinum-selling  Matisyahu. All  of  which  begs  the question: what gives?

For director Monica Haim, reggae music ignited something that went far beyond the melodies and beats. Her experience with Rasta and reggae gave rise to a discovery of shared histories and common beliefs - and an unexpected doorway towards connecting with her own Jewish roots. All the way back  to the alleged sultry affair between the  Jewish  King  Solomon  and  the  African  Queen  of  Sheba,  Jewish  influence is evident  in  the  spiritual  history  of  Ethiopia  -  turning  up  subtly  in  Rastafarian lifestyle  and  then,  inevitably,  in  reggae.  Chronicling  the  story  of  this  unlikely  kinship,  Awake Zion unites Jewish and Jamaican musicians, scholars, and historians in  a celebration of roots  and  culture—a  beat-laden  adventure  that  kicks  off  in  Brooklyn,  travels  to Jamaica,  the  birthplace  of  reggae, and  culminates  in  Israel,  where  a  sizzling reggae scene thrives today. Awake  Zion  is  a  deeply  personal  examination  of  what  it means  to  be  Jewish, Rasta,  white  or  black  -  and,  most importantly, the universal search for what it means to be "home."

Join us for a talk before the screening, presented by Charm City Tribe! What do the Rabbis and the Rastas have in common? 

talk 6:30 | film 7:30pm | $10, $7 mbrs. | +$3 at the door

Presented in partnership w/ The Gordon Center, the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, and Charm City Tribe.

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