DJ Spooky - Rebirth of a Nation
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Cat No: CA21110
Format: CD + DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 28th August 2015
Conceived as a reimagining of director D W Griffith’s infamously racist 1915 silent film 'The Birth of a Nation', 'Rebirth of a Nati'on, recorded with Kronos Quartet, is a controversial and culturally significant project that examines how “…exploitation and political corruption still haunt the world to this day, but in radically different forms”.
Originally commissioned in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Weiner Festwochen, and the Festival d’Automne a Paris, the project was Miller’s first large-scale multimedia performance piece, and has been performed around the world, from the Sydney Festival to the Herod Atticus Amphitheater, more than fifty times.
“In an era where whistleblowers like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden have shown us that perspective can truly alter global events,” Miller says, “we need more than ever to see the context that early cinema offers us. As my old friend Saul Williams likes to say: Another World Is Possible. A remix of a film as deeply important and problematic as 'The Birth of a Nation' reminds us that many of these issues still linger with us at every level.”
The original DVD version of 'Rebirth of a Nation' was released by Anchor Bay Films/Starz Media in 2008. Cantaloupe Music’s package will include a new print of the film, and marks the first time that the project’s entire recorded score will be made available on CD.
1. The Broken Compass (Intro Theme)
2. A Nation Divided
3. North Isn’t South
4. The Most Dangerous Woman in America
7. The Parallax Waltz
8. Gettysburg Requiem
9. What Would Moses Say?
10. Lincoln and Booth Get Acquainted
11. Dixie As Anti-Utopia
12. Blackface (We Are All Sharecroppers Now)
13. Getting Biblical
14. The Election and Results: The New Montage
15. Gus, Elsie, Silas and The Klan
16. Black Militia
17. Ride of The Klansmen
18. The Next Election
19. Ghost of a Smile
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