New Film: “When the Drum is Beating”

As part of their Film Festival and summer screenings, Haiti Cultural Exchange presents its first screening, Whitney Dow’s When the Drum Is Beating (2011). The screening will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the FiveMyles Gallery at 558 St. Johns Place in Brooklyn, New York. A conversation (Ann’ Pale Café Conversations) with the director will follow. An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with the filmmaker, Whitney Dow. A brief excerpt of the film will be screened and Dow will discuss his creative process and the significance of his film. A question and answer session will followAn n’ Pale | Café Conversation with the filmmaker, Whitney Dow. A brief excerpt of the film will be screened and Dow will discuss his creative process and the significance of his film. A question and answer session will followFilm Festival

When the Drum Is Beating explores Haiti’s complex past and present through the music of the country’s oldest and best-known band and the memories of its founder and leader, Ulric Pierre-Louis. As Haiti disintegrates around them, the three generations of musicians who make up Septentrional struggle to persevere and prevent this national treasure from being lost forever. With dialogue in Creole and English, the film includes scenes with Nikol Levy, Ulrick Pierre-Louis, Michel Tassy, and Yvenel “Saure” Etienne, among others.

The event is free and open to the public but, because space is limited, please RSVP to Régine Roumain at regine@haiticulturalx.org. regine@haiticulturalx.org

[Many thanks to Régine Roumain for bringing this item to our attention.]

For more information on the film, see http://www.itvs.org/films/septentrional, http://whenthedrumisbeating.squarespace.com/variety-review2/ and http://www.whenthedrumisbeating.com/

Also see http://www.fivemyles.org/

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