Judaism and Rastafari culture: searching for connection
Winners of the 5th Moscow Jewish Film Festival
Jacqueline Gmach, a Jury member of the 5th MJFF, prepared a project for the Festival's audience
Honorary prize of the 5th Moscow Jewish Film Festival for outstanding contribution to the development of Jewish cinema in Russia
Monica Haim's documentary about the connection between Judaism and Rastafari culture meets Moscow
Is there a connection between the first monotheistic religion and the most relaxed subculture in the world? It is fascinating Judaism influenced not only the main religions, but also stands in the basis of Rastafari culture. The relationship between Solomon and Queen Sheba created a deep cultural connection between the two ancient civilisations. We see the influences of this merging culture today.
Monica Haim, director of the documentary film "Awake Zion", investigates this connection from Brooklyn to Israel. The unique symbioses reflects in clothing, song texts, attributes. "Awake Zion" speaks about the importance of self identification, broadening the boarders of understanding Judaism and the essence of home.
The film is nominated for the "Jews Today" prize in the program of 1st Moscow Jewish Film festival.