Image Union, episode 223: Bronx Baptism

Image Union episode featuring "Bronx Baptism" by Dee Dee Halleck. Color film. Shot at a Puerto Rican Pentecostal Church in the Bronx during a mass baptism. Opens with title cards explaining the way the Pentecostal faith provides an inroads for Puerto Rican immigrants to find community in New York City. This video has Spanish audio with English subtitles.

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00:35Copy video clip URL Bronx Baptism by Dee Dee Halleck. Color film. Shot at a Puerto Rican Pentecostal Church in the Bronx during a mass baptism. Opens with title cards explaining the way the Pentecostal faith provides an inroads for Puerto Rican immigrants to find community in New York City. This video has Spanish audio with English subtitles.

01:51Copy video clip URL “Navidad es Jesus” People file into the church while the pastor explains the presence of the camera crew. “All they have seen is bad… tonight they came to take the good.”

04:44Copy video clip URL Singing in Spanish (with English subtitles) as people dressed in white file in. The pastor leads the congregation in a prayer for the power of God and the Holy Ghost to be present, bringing health, liberation, and baptism. The congregation is very vocal throughout the prayer, and many of them raise their hands.

08:15Copy video clip URL The pastor begins to preach about the many faiths and philosophies that people have access to. He preaches against the philosophy of the intellect. He encourages people not to give up on their lives. “Christ is here to break your chains.”

10:27Copy video clip URL The congregation claps and sings. Some people (mostly women) begin to dance and swoon ecstatically as they sing.

14:30Copy video clip URL They finish singing, and the pastor instructs the crowd to call out “I know that Christ is coming” and “Hallelujah.” He becomes very loud and animated.

15:53Copy video clip URL The baptisms begin. The people dressed in white step into a large tank of water and they are submersed one a a time. The congregation sings, and a woman in the congregation appears to be speaking in tongues. Someone says “It is not the cameras here tonight, it is the spirit of God.”

19:30Copy video clip URL Several people emerge from the water shaking and shouting as if possessed.

27:00Copy video clip URL The baptisms conclude. Credits.

27:58Copy video clip URL Image Union end credits.

 

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