22-28 Sept 2021
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When the Drum is Beating

When the Drum is Beating

For six decades Haiti’s most famous band, Septentrional, has thrilled tens of thousands with their lively, infectious songs. This documentary chronicles the history of the band and blends archival footage with anecdotes from former and current band members. Despite natural disasters, dictatorships and revolutions “Septen” has persevered and continues to inspire and uplift Haiti. Its story is a testimony of triumph and hope amid harsh realities.

When the Drum is Beating (2011)




Haitian Creole, French with English Subtitles




Whitney Dow

Whitney Dow

Whitney Dow

Whitney Dow is an award-winning filmmaker whose directing credits include Two Towns of JasperI Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, and Unfinished Country. His work has received numerous honours, including the Peabody, Columbia DuPont, Gotham and Beacon awards.

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