From a country historically ravaged by poverty and political violence comes a true story of great humanity and transcendence. Director-producer Owsley Brown crafted seven years' worth of footage into this inspiring feature documentary about the oft-misunderstood island of Haiti as represented by the Sainte Trinité Music School, whose students and teachers turn to song for solace, support and the strength to carry on.
Though it journeys deep into the beautiful countryside and through the streets of Port-au-Prince both before and after the earthquake of 2010, Serenade for Haiti centers on the aftermath of the catastrophe, which completely destroyed the school—leaving the stunned and devastated faculty and student body to pick up the pieces. Brown shows how they channeled their devotion to one another and to their rich musical heritage to emerge literally from the rubble, rehearsing amid the debris as they explored the possibilities that the future still held for them.
The stunning soundtrack features some of Haiti's greatest composers, largely unknown to international audiences.
Producer: Owsley Brown, Christy McGill, Anne Flatté | Editor: Gina Leibrecht, Eva Ilona Brzeski, Jeff Boyette | Cinematographer: Marcel Cabrera