12th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival

Babylon: Ghetto, Renaissance, and Modern Oblivion

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Babylon considers the text of Psalm 137 (By the Waters of Babylon) as it has resonated through the music of two ghettoized peoples – Italian Jews of Mantua during the period of the Counter-Reformation, and African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond. Narrated by the titanic voice of actor Ezra Knight, the musical performances of works by Italian-Jewish composer Salamone Rossi (1570 – 1630) and contemporary American Brandon Waddles (1988 –) are by the groundbreaking Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble. Other musical selections are historical recordings by such luminaries as Ma Rainey, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Mama Thornton, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, and others, as well as two luminaries in contemporary West African music, Kevin Nathaniel Hylton and Yacouba Sissoko.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    29 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    World
  • Director
    Jessica Gould
  • Screenwriter
    Jessica Gould
  • Producer
    Salon/Sanctuary Concerts
  • Cast
    Ezra Knight, The Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, The Bacchus Consort, Voices of Music, Jessica Gould, soprano, Lucas Harris, lute, Yacouba Sissoko, kora