The 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
About This Collection
August 29, 2015 marks ten years to the day Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast as well as the days, weeks and months of devastation and desperation. The 10th anniversary commemorates the loss but also the years of recovery and rebuilding of the region, and the resiliency of the people who have returned to living life.
Join a Twitter chat with filmmakers @leah_mahan (Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek), @MoniqueVerdin (My Louisiana Love), @sleochiang (A Village Called Versailles), and @landofopp's producer Luisa Dantas on Tuesday, August 25th at 4p ET. #katrinastories
Episodes In This Collection
Independent Lens: The Great Invisible
On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oil rig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. Filmmaker Margaret Brown traveled to small towns and major cities across Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas to explore the fallout of the environmental disaster.
By The River of Babylon
By the River of Babylon takes us into the unique culture and environment of South Louisiana: a habitat that gave rise to Cajun and Creole music, food, and culture, and one that is disappearing at an alarming rate. The film weaves this sad story into a fabric of famed but decaying dance halls and the musical habitat they represented.
P.O.V.: I'm Carolyn Parker
Jonathan Demme set out to document the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. When he met Carolyn Parker, the documentary morphed into a character study of courage and resiliency. I’m Carolyn Parker is an intimate account of Parker’s crusade to rebuild her house, church, community — and life.
P.O.V.: Getting Back to Abnormal
Election time in New Orleans: Corruption. Racism. Dancing in the streets. And one in-your-face politician trying to get re-elected. What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster?
My Louisiana Love
Tracing a young woman’s quest to find a place in her Native American community as it reels from decades of environmental degradation, My Louisiana Love is a modern story of love, loss, and resilience in Southeast Louisiana.
Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek
The journey of citizen-turned-activist, Derrick Evans, begins when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for sprawling Gulfport, MS. Derrick and his neighbors decide to stand up to corporate interests and politicians. Later, they face Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in order to protect the community and fight for environmental justice.
Katrina Ten Years After: A Second Life, A Second Chance
It was something that no one had witnessed before - the total destruction of an American city. A look back at the ill-fated days and how New Orleans has achieved a resurrection ten years later. Many survivors will never return but others are determined to rebuild their city, their home.
A Village Called Versailles
Versailles, a town on the edge of New Orleans, is home to the densest ethnic Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, residents rebuild their homes — only to have them threatened by a landfill planned in their neighborhood. As the community fights back, it turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change.