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The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present a free screening of Serenade for Haiti on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 6pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. The documentary is in Haitian Creole and French with English subtitles.

Filmed over a seven-year period in Haiti, the feature film captures a rare look at a country scored with poverty and a history of political violence to find a story of transcendence and great humanity as the children and faculty of the Sainte Trinité Music School turn to music to unlock the power of their own lives.

When a catastrophic earthquake completely destroys the school in 2010, a stunned and devastated faculty and student body must pick up the pieces and find a way to adapt.  Devotion to each other and to the possibilities that the future still holds for them are expressed in the footage of children rehearsing in the rubble and in the rich musical heritage they have inherited.

Journeying into Haiti’s beautiful and diverse rural regions and venturing deep into the streets of Port-au-Prince before and after the 2010 earthquake, Serenade for Haiti brings to the screen an unforgettable and vivid tableau of this widely misunderstood country.  The soundtrack features the stunning music of Haiti's great composers who until this time have been largely unknown to international audiences.

Dr. Eloise Brière, Professor Emerita of French and Francophone Studies from UAlbany, will make introductory remarks and also lead a discussion following the screening. The film showing is cosponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Admission is free and no tickets are required.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.