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AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

Haiti: One Day, One Story/The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of Haitan Ra Ra Band (#301)

Haiti: One Day, One Story - Haitian-American filmmaker Michele Stephenson visits Haiti six weeks after one of the world's most devastating earthquakes to document the personal stories of the Haitian people.

The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of Haitan Ra Ra Band - On Sunday nights during the summer, thousands of people gather in Brooklyn's Prospect Park to watch a motley band of young musicians carrying traditional drums, bamboo tubes and four-foot-long pressed-tin horns. They play Ra Ra music - a mix of Carnival, vodou ceremony and grassroots protest - which originally served as a voice for the slaves in their revolt against the French and of those struggling against ongoing dictatorships in Haiti. This documentary focuses on Pe Yves, the leader of the Ra Ra movement in New York, who is caught in the middle of a struggle for the meaning of Haitian identity. [82 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: AFROPOP: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE, the innovative documentary series on contemporary life, art and pop culture in the African Diaspora. Four films introduce powerful stories: African boxers journey across the Atlantic to match their skills against the best in the world; a teenage girl travels to Ghana and an expatriate from Sierra Leone returns to his homeland, each hoping to dispel prevailing myths about the two countries; and, Hurricane Katrina victims find themselves refugees in their own country.

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