Monica Haim brings together Jewish and Jamaican artists in a celebration of music, roots and culture in this exuberant film. Have you ever wondered why Jews and Rastafarians share the same Star of David and references to Zion? Haim’s musical conversation involves Jews, Rastafarians, Americans, Jamaicans ands Israelis—including a Hasidic dancehall star, a ska/klezmer fusion pioneer, and several generations of reggae artists. “AWAKE ZION explores the connections between reggae culture and Judaism. It’s a story about unsuspecting cultural convergence; a story about shared symbols and themes by people who might seem to be on opposite ends of the spiritual spectrum.”
Julia Kim Smith, Francesca Danieli, David Beaudouin
2004, USA, 10 min.
Crossing a much bigger cultural divide: Democrats and Republicans try to think of something nice to say about one another. It’s not easy, but they give it shot.