Brooklyn Babylon

Brooklyn Babylon

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Two young people from different cultures fall in love and have to face the emotional fallout of their actions in this urban drama set in Brooklyn's rough-and-tumble Crown Heights neighborhood. Sol (Tariq Trotter) is a young man of West Indian descent who is the leader of a group of Afrocentric hip-hop musicians struggling to succeed in the recording industry. Sol and his friend Scratch (Bonz Malone) get into an auto accident one afternoon with Judah (David Vadim), a young Jewish man out for a drive with his girlfriend Sara (Karen Goberman). While Judah and Scratch get into an argument, Sol and Sara attempt to deal with the problem more reasonably, and the two find they have an unexpected rapport. Sol and Sara become fast friends, and their friendship soon grows into a romance, but Sara finds that Judah is both angry and heartbroken about her new relationship, while her conservative family does not trust Sol. Sol's friends, meanwhile, are no more supportive of him, believing he's betraying his culture by becoming involved with Sara. Leading man Tariq Trotter (also known as Black Thought) is the frontman of the acclaimed hip-hop group the Roots, who appear in the film as Sol's band and perform several original compositions for the soundtrack. Brooklyn Babylon received its world premiere as an opening night attraction at the 2001 Slamdance Film Festival, where it was screened over the objections of the film's distributor, Artisan Pictures.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2001
UPC: 0012236117841
Original Release: 2000
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:30:00

Special Features

Widescreen version ; 2.0 Dolby Surround Sound audio; Cast and crew information; Digitally mastered; Scene access; Interactive menu

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Brooklyn Babylon [4:40]
2. A Blessed Event [2:46]
3. Rocking the Stage [3:07]
4. Accident [4:00]
5. Gainfully Employed [2:24]
6. No Store Credit [3:06]
7. "Are You Following Me?" [3:06]
8. Fear Anything Different [2:14]
9. Spontaneous Rhymes [6:28]
10. A Discussion of Brotherhood [5:29]
11. Booking a Gig [2:22]
12. Bad Business [3:40]
13. Community Outreach Meeting [3:20]
14. King Solomon and the Lions [3:58]
15. Retaliation [3:04]
16. Racial Tensions [2:41]
17. Learning to Smoke [3:26]
18. Together [2:29]
19. Anger [1:28]
20. A Contract [2:40]
21. Sage Advice [2:00]
22. Sleeping With the Enemy [2:24]
23. Attacked [2:33]
24. West Indian Day Parade [4:58]
25. "You're Mine" [3:48]
26. Uniting the Children [3:33]
27. End Credits [3:57]

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Brooklyn Babylon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though at times Brooklyn Babylon seems as if director Marc Levin took a little too much from the Spike Lee school of directing, I would still strongly recommend this film. Starring Tariq Trotter (AKA Black Thought) and having the likes of Slick Rick (who makes the film worth watching even if you can find no other reason to watch it) and Bonz Malone of Vibe magazine as supporting actors, Brooklyn Babylon examines the issues of music, culture, love, sex, violence and the reality of living in Crown Heights in a pretty standard and lesson-learning way. This is not to say that the movie isn't still enjoyable. The most particularly pleasing points of the picture are the scenes in which Tariq Trotter and his real-life band the Roots perform a few original compositions (which I desperately wish were on CD). The occasionally lacking dialogue sometimes hinders the pace and punch of the film, but all in all Brooklyn Babylon is worth the hour and a half you'll spend watching it. If you're a fan of hip-hop music, Judaism, the Roots, Slick Rick, or Spike Lee films, you'll be sure to enjoy this film.