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Season 13, Episode 18 When the Drum Is Beating

First Aired: April 12, 2012

"When the Drum Is Beating" intertwines the story of Orchestre Septentrional, a 20-piece Haitian group founded in 1948 that fuses the Cuban big-band sound with vodou beats, with the history of Haiti itself. The documentary recalls the revolution that led to Haiti being the first free black republic, as well as the foreign occupation, dictators, coups d'état and natural disasters that followed.

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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