The Other Side of the Water is closing out the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, followed by a closing-night party with performance by none other than DJA-Rara
2011: DVD Available on Amazon
At last, our official DVD is available
for sale on Amazon.com. The disk features the broadcast
version of the documentary, plus tons of extra scenes, ground-shaking
rara performances, and a mini-doc on the band's trip to the
Obama inauguration in Washington D.C.
2011: Third World Newsreel We're happy to announce that we've partnered
World Newsreel for educational distribution. TWN has been
distributing high-quality social justice documentaries since
1967, and we're very excited to join their roster. Institutions
can find out more HERE.
2011: THE CREOLE CONNECTION New Orleans Jazz Fest and Festival International
The Other Side of the Water's broadcast premiere
on Public Televison's World Channel was January 12, 2011,
and it is being broadcst throughout 2011. It is this opening
episode of the series "Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural
Exchange", and will be preceded by the short doc "Haiti:
One Day, One Destiny" by Michele Stephenson.
Year in Review: a selection
of some joyous moments from a very difficult year.
Release Party with Alan Lomax Archive
12 - Earthquake:
of bandmember Lesly Jean Marie's house- and flowers where
his nephew lies burried
from Audience Member: Magi,
I just wanted to thank you and Jeremy for bringing RaRa
to Brooklyn Museum for Target Free Saturdays. I, like
everyone have been overwhelmed by the amount of loss that
has transpired in Port-Au-Prince this past month. My family
has already experienced so much loss already and I felt
myself beginning to feel bitterness towards Americans
who never seemed to care about Haitians before and all
of sudden grew some feelings because of the magnitude
of this tragedy.
I found my soul again on Saturday night because of the
film you guys so courageously created. I rediscovered
my love for humanity and the RaRa almost like baptism
, simply washed my bitterness away.
So merci beaucoup and mad props to you and Jeremy again
for creating an environment where Haitian people can carry
ourselves with dignity and pride once more.
Peace and Blessings, Nancy Moricette
DJA-Rara and the Documentary go on tour to
Madison and Chicago world music fests
DJA-Rara Performs at the HONK! Festival of Activist Street
DJA-Rara is the "Official Band" of the Village Halloween
you to everyone who came out this past year to support the
band and the film - and more importantly to show love and
support for Haitian culture. We hope that energy and focus
can continue through Haiti's long rebuilding process.
Sasha Frere-Jones recent round table discussion in the NEW
YORKER MAGAZINE about rara music, featuring Edwidge Danticat
On Labor Day, September 7th, we returned to the Brooklyn Academy
of Music. It was a wonderful day of screenings, which we attended
while running back and forth to the Eastern Parkway Carnival.
Thanks to the Creatively Speaking series and everyone who
at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival
Toronto Canada. More information HERE
Screening at The Hollywood Black Film Festival
and link to radio interviews on Sak
"The Haitian Rara Experience" in Miami
May 21st-24th Miami hosted "The Haitian Rara
Experience": a 4-day festival of film screenings,
workshops, parties, and music events. The main event was the
Theatrical Premiere of "The Other Side of the Water"
at the historic Colony Theatre on Miami Beach, followed by
a live performance of Brooklyn's DJARARA.
The musicians from DJARARA went in force to DC for the Obama
Check out their full historic journey HERE
Re-Launching Educational Workshops:
we're re-launching our educational programs in high schools
and universities. Over the past few years the filmmakers and
the musicians of DJARARA have teamed up to create workshops,
presentations, and cultural events across the country. We
toured NYC high schools through Carnegie Hall's educational
program (photos here),
presented to musicology and sociology classes from Amherst
to Bard College to Connecticut College, and worked with Haitian
Student Associations at schools including Columbia University
and SUNY Binghamton. If you're interested in finding out more
or hosting an educational event, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Side of the Water" was proud to be a part of the
12th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC - presented by
BET and HBO. Stay tuned for information on our upcoming festivals
and theatrical premiere in NYC slated for February 2009.
We've finally picture-locked the documentary! The Other Side
of the Water is now in the finishing stages and we're excited
to be working with graphic arist Ben Fine (visual effects
editor for Oscar Nominated "Enron: the Smartest Guys
in the Room") and sound
mixer Anne Pope (sound editor for Oscar winner "Born
into Brothels"). Stay tuned for our launch this
spring and summer...
The Backyard Show comes to Brooklyn
Nati Dred of The Backyard Show with DJA-Rara [photo: Johny
a crew from The Backyard Show flew up from Miami to New York
and taped two shows on Haitian roots culture in Brooklyn.
The first show focused on DJA-Rara and our documentary, the
second on other Haitian roots musicians. The Backyard Show
is an great new arts and culture talk show that’s making
a lot of noise in Miami [Look up their recent article in Miami
Herald or link to their site
It was a hectic but fun taping – with a live audience
and all! Five Myles art gallery provided the space, HaitiXchange
came by, as well as come great artists and Brooklyn culture
heads. Check out pics here,
and the show should be up on the Backyard website in a few
Clips from doc being shown at Brooklyn Historical Society:
photo:Delphine A. Fawundu-Buford Clips
from the documentary were featured in an exhibit called "A
Drum Beats in Brooklyn" at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
The exhibit focuses on drum-based and African-influenced cultures
in Brooklyn, and runs from February 14th to May 13th, 2007.
the BHS website
Short-film in Festivals:
In 2005 we made an 11-minute
work-in-progress that we called "Brooklyn Racine."
Soon word got out, and the short was requested by a number
of film festivals. Here's the list to date:
Recent Screenings and Presentations at Universities:
The filmmakers have teamed up with the musicians of DJA-Rara
to give a series of presentations at colleges and universities
in the Northeast.
07: Connecticut College
February 07: Columbia University
October 06: SUNY Binghamton
September 06: Amherst College
April 07: Connecticut College
latest studio track "Zwazo Vole" was singled out
by Afropop Worldwide as one of the top Carnival songs for
here for the link
), and has been on dozens of top-10 lists by critics and fans.
For other info on performances and events by Djarara and Friends,
Through the Carnegie Hall Global Encounters Program
The Other Side of the Water and DJA-Rara visit high school
classrooms in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Manhattan. We screened
clips from the documentary, talked about the history of rara,
and taught students to play drums and kone horns. SEE
28th, 2006: Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series
presents a screening of 10 minutes from Other Side of the
Water and a performance by DJA-Rara at CUNY's Caribbean Studies
Kurt Engfehr joins team as Consulting Editor. Kurt
Engfehr was editor and co-producer of “Bowling for Columbine”
and “Fahrenheit 911.” He was awarded the American
Cinema Editor’s award for best documentary editing in
2002 for his work on Bowling for Columbine, and we’re
excited to have him on board.