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Awake Zion

Directed by Monica Haim

USA | 65 minutes | 2004

This enlightening doc explores the unsuspecting connections among Rasta, Reggae, and Judaism, through one woman's beat-laden adventure into the meaning of identity. Unravelling the story of this unlikely kinship, Awake Zion unites Jewish and Jamaican musicians, scholars, and historians in a celebration of roots and culture that travels from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where Caribbean and Jewish cultures share a history of adversity, to Jamaica, the birthplace of reggae, and ultimately to Israel, where a sizzling reggae scene thrives today. Awake Zion examines the preconceptions of what it means to be Jewish, what it means to be Rasta, what it means to be white or black - and, most importantly, the universal search for what it means to be home.
Director Monica Haim
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 2004
Premiere Status
Runtime 65 minutes
Principal Cast Matisyahu, Yossi Fine, Super Dane, Bongo Daniel, King Django
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