Docudrama on Trinidad’s steelband movement
Everything began with the theft of old oil drums in the 1940s. This docudrama tells the tale of how steel bands emerged in Trinidad in a mix of historical film, eyewitness interviews, and recordings from the Panorama competition. Here, each year ensembles consisting of up to a hundred musicians compete with one another. The film captures the euphoria, music, and rhythms of the event; at the same time, it shows how the once criminalized subculture has become a national cultural treasure with international appeal.