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Tjff 2012: ‘Polish Bar’ is no Matisyahu

12 May 2012 4:26 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Polish Bar

Directed by Ben Berkowitz

Written by Ben Berkowitz and Ben Redgrave

USA, 2010

For those who aren’t in the know, there is an amazing phenomenon in the music community known as Matisyahu. With an eclectic style ranging from hip-hop, rock, and reggae fusion, Matisyahu is known as “the most intriguing reggae artist in the world” and was named the Top Reggae Artist by Billboard in 2006.

It just so happens that he’s a Hassidic Jew.

Matisyahu (real name Matthew Paul Miller) is a positive example of an individual embracing two seemingly conflicting cultures to, by synthesizing his diverse influences, create wondrous pieces of music.

Ben Berkowitz’ drama film, Polish Bar, tries to modernize this example by telling the story of a young Jewish DJ, but the result is a narrative with a drastically conflicting identity, let alone its characters’.

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