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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 beautiful music- a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian vodou beats, and turns out thousands of fans each time it plays. Yet this documentary is about more than the music. Since gaining independence and wealth in 1804, Haiti, the world's first black republic, has become the poorest nation in the hemisphere, one that yearns for a promising future. This film offers a deeper understanding into the survival of Haitian culture and Septentrional through the country's turbulent history.
Whitney Dow is an award winning filmmaker whose directing credits include: Two Towns of Jasper, I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v Board of Education and Unfinished Country. His work has received numerous honors including the Peabody, a Columbia DuPont, Gotham, and Beacon Awards. Dow's producing credits include, Freedom Summer, Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America, and The Undocumented all directed by Marco Williams, and Toots, directed by Kristi Jacobson.