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  • Haiti's best known band keeps hope alive.

    Haiti's best known band keeps hope alive.

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  • Revisiting Haiti's painful colonial past.

    Revisiting Haiti's painful colonial past.

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  • Remembering the glory days of Cap-Haitien.

    Remembering the glory days of Cap-Haitien.

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  • Despite difficulties, the band plays on.

    Despite difficulties, the band plays on.

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  • Maestro Urich Pierre, Septentrional's founder, transcribes lost arrangements

    Maestro Urich Pierre, Septentrional's founder, transcribes lost arrangements

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  • Septentrional plays in Cap Haitian, Haiti at a concert celebrating their 59th Anniversary

    Septentrional plays in Cap Haitian, Haiti at a concert celebrating their 59th Anniversary

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  • Septentrional Musical Director Nikol Levy at the Feu Ver nightclub

    Septentrional Musical Director Nikol Levy at the Feu Ver nightclub

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  • Michel Tassy, Sepetentrional vocalist for 45 years

    Michel Tassy, Sepetentrional vocalist for 45 years

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  • Septen Fans

    Septen Fans

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  • Septentrional circa 1955

    Septentrional circa 1955

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  • Sepetentrional Vocalist Sore Etienne

    Sepetentrional Vocalist Sore Etienne

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The Film

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.

The Filmmaker

  1. Whitney DowProducer/Director