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Meet Septentrional — Video Interview with the Band

We caught up with filmmaker Whitney Dow and some members of Septentrional while they were in New York this week. The band is on a mini-tour in New York, playing at the Maranatha Auditorium in Queens on Friday, at the Aroma Lounge in Elizabeth, N.J., on Saturday, and at the Vault Cafe, in Elmont, N.Y., … READ MORE

A Filmmaker on a Mission to Make an Uplifting Film About Haiti

Director Whitney Dow (Two Towns of Jasper) set out to make a film about Haiti that was not all about poverty, tragedy, or corruption, which is generally how Haiti is portrayed from the outside. In making When the Drum is Beating — about Septentrional, a band that has persevered and flourished in Haiti for 65 … READ MORE

Playlist: Listen to a Sampling of Popular Haitian Music

“Septentrional is the Buena Vista Social Club of Haiti.” We keep hearing this comparison as we prepare for the premiere of When the Drum is Beating, premiering April 12, 2012 at 10 PM on Independent Lens (check your local listings). While it’s true that both bands are the musical identity of a country for some … READ MORE

Crisis in Haiti Especially Dire for Children

Children of Haiti premieres on Independent Lens tonight at 10 PM (check local listings). As tomorrow’s one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake approaches, the media is alight with stories of rebuilding efforts, humanitarian missions, the still-desperate conditions inside the tent camps which sprung up around Port-au-Prince after the disaster left millions homeless. But what often … READ MORE

One Year Later: The Making of Children of Haiti

Children of Haiti premieres on Independent Lens on Tuesday, January 11 (check local listings) — a day before the one-year anniversary of the deadly Haiti earthquake. Although her film wrapped before the quake, filmmaker Alex Hammond has returned to Haiti several times since and joined us to talk about making the film, what has become … READ MORE