Documentarian Owsley Brown’s third feature, “Serenade for Haiti,” is bound for New York City’s prestigious DOC NYC festival next month, and continues his burgeoning tradition of exploring and celebrating music and art. The film was shot over a seven-year period and focuses on the Sainte Trinité Music School in Port-au-Prince, all the better to capture a little-seen side of Haiti and some of its wonderfully talented youth.
The film is billed “as story of resilience and great humanity [that] unfolds as the teachers and students of Sainte Trinité sustain a deep commitment to music and education against extraordinary odds, including the destruction of their school in the 2010 earthquake and the subsequent efforts to rebuild it.”
The country — and school’s — legacy of and dedication to classical music takes center stage, bolstered by a series of interviews with Saint Trinité school leaders, instructors and students, all of whom work to present a complex look at an often overlook institution and culture.
“Serenade for Haiti” includes a mess of talent behind the camera, too, including cinematographer Marcel Cabrera and sound designer Richard Beggs.
Check out our exclusive trailer for “Serenade for Haiti” below:
“Serenade for Haiti” will have its world premiere at DOC NYC on Monday, November 14.