"This fascinating documentary allows us a glimpse into a new setting for this old event (which is thought to date back to the Colonial era), the Haitian community in Brooklyn, NY. Many manifestations of Haitian culture (such as konpa music) survive in the US, even though hardly anyone outside the Haitian-American community is aware of their existence… The film follows the band’s history from its formation in the early 1990’s to the present, through a series of interviews with Pe Yves, as well as present and former members of the band, family members, supporters and detractors. There are also rehearsal and performance footage, short video clips of Haitian bands, radio appearances in which Pe Yves openly discusses the negative stereotypes people have of the music, and expert opinion on both cultural and Haitian political matters."
- Tom Bingham, SUNY Fredonia, GenEc DVD Review
“The film offers an essential, re-affirming perspective of Haitian imagery and culture that desperately needs to be seen."
- Michelle Materre, The New School
The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn provides profound insight into all the major events in the Haitian-American community in the last twenty years, through the lens of one of Haiti’s deepest roots-music traditions. It will find its place as part of a growing archive on the Haitian diaspora in the United States. Anyone interested in Haitian diasporan musics will benefit from viewing this documentary. Haitian audiences in particular, both in Haiti and the United States, should find this film thought-provoking, and stimulating, and socially and historically relevant."
- Emmanuel Pereira, Ethnomusicology Journal