Brooklyn Babylon

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Released 2000

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Brooklyn Babylon

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Director:
Marc Levin
Released:
2000
Rating:
R
Brooklyn Babylon is a musical, dramatic romance from Artisan Entertainment that was written and directed by award-winning Marc Levin. In the ethnically diverse neighborhood of Brooklyn known as Crown Heights the West Indian Rastafarians, blacks and the Jewish Lubavitch community constantly feud over their ethnic tensions. That all changes when Rastafarian rapper, songwriter and artist Sol (Tariq Trotter) gets into a car accident with the Jewish beauty Sara (Karen Goberman). Sara, however, is already betrothed to Judah (David Vadim) but she desperately wants to go out on her own and go to college. Over the next few days, the collision takes its toll on the neighborhood and the violence escalates between the warring ethnicities. Scrath (Bonz Malone) and Judah's conflict increasingly escalates and so does the relationship between Sara and Sol. Their new taboo romance puts the two of them in danger but the question remains, will their romance result in an understanding of cultures or heighten the deadly violence that already takes place in the Crown Heights neighborhood.moreless

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  • 40

    Variety Scott Foundas

    A case of means exceeded by ambition.

  • 40

    TV Guide Maitland McDonagh

    Only Sol and Sara even approach being real characters; the supporting players, Black and Jewish alike, are shrill stereotypes.

  • 30

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    The film dissolves into a series of diminishing anticlimaxes, ending on a note of portentous ambiguity. To the last, Mr. Levin maintains his uneasy balance of reportage and melodrama.

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    Drama

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    Social Issues, Love & Romance, Independent, African-American Drama