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When the Drum Is Beating

When the Drum Is Beating

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In Haiti, there is one band that has seen it all: Septentrional. For six decades this 20 piece band has been making passionate, beautiful music - a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian voodoo beats - through dictatorships, natural disasters, coup d'Ttats, and chaos, navigating the ups and downs, the glory and the tragedy that is Haiti's history. When the Drum is Beating interweaves the extraordinary story of Septentrional with that of Haiti: From the brutality of French colonialism and the bloody revolution that brought Haitians their freedom, to the crushing foreign debt and the 15 year American occupation that ushered in the brutal dictatorship of Frantois 'Papa Doc' Duvalier. We see the hope that was created by Jean Bertrand Aristide, and the despair that followed after he was driven from power. And we are there as Haiti endures an earthquake that kills almost 300,000 people and tears apart the social fabric of the country. Through it's sweeping narrative, infectious music and tension-filled encounters, the film allows the viewer to see, feel and hear the passion, commitment and joy of Septentrional's musicians, and through them, the unique Haitian spirit.

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    Title: When the Drum Is Beating
    Genre: Special Interest-Documentary, Foreign
    Starring: Orchestre Septentrional, Jocelyn "T-Bass" Alce, Nikol Levy, Ulrick Pierre-Louis, Michel Tassy, Yvenel "Saure" Etienne
    Director: Whitney Dow
    Attributes: Widescreen, Subtitled
    Release Date: 4/12/2012
    Original Year: 2011
    Product Type: DVD
    Rated: NR
    Catalog #: 915106
    UPC: 720229915106
    Item #: 189845X

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 4/12/2012
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 84 minutes
    Studio: First Run Features