I had seen a lot of the images, and there were many harrowing ones, but hearing the words of these young people almost brought me to tears.the stories that were told hurt so badly, it makes you wonder how these people survived and continue to keep moving forward. I guess if there are no other choices, you just, as the cliche goes, put one foot in front of the other and keep it moving. One of the many things that was truly disturbing was that these people were put and trailers and some contracted cancer.who do you sue, and how many more were there?i hope this filmmaker continues his journey with more efforts like this.
An intimate look at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on the youth of New Orleans.
August 25, 2022 at 08:17 AM
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it hurt to watch
The long shadows of Katrina on NOLA's African-American community
As "Katrina Babies" (2022 release; 82 min.) opens, it is "2005" and we get aerial footage of New Orleans underwater, and people being rescued and airlifted. In a voice-over writer-director Edward Buckles Jr. Reminisces about getting together with cousins and playing outside in the hood. "Nobody ever asked the children how they were doing, so I am", he laments. We go to "2015" as Buckles starts gathering testimonials from people who were kids back then...
Couple of comments: this is the debut feature length of writer-director Edward Buckles Jr., and what a debut it is. Years in the making, he looks back at the long shadows of Hurricane Katrina, and what devastation it wrecked onto NOLA's African=American community. He reminds us that Katrina caused one of the largest disbursement of African-Americans in this country's history. All of that pales as compared to hearing the heartbreaking testimonials from now adults around 25-30 years old, but just kids back then. While this isn't the first documentary about Katrina ("When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" immediately comes to mind), the footage of how Katrina chewed NOLA and spit it out remains shocking to this day.
"Katrina Babies" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this summer to great positive buzz. There is good reason why this is currently rated 100% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The documentary premiered a few days ago on HBO and is now available on HBO On Demand and HBO Max, where I caught it. If you need a reminder of the long shadows of Katrina on NOLA's African-American community, I'd readily suggest you check this out, and draw your own conclusion.
This film deserves an oscar
I'm still processing what I just watched but it was so compelling, beautiful, and sad. I hope this filmmaker gets the recognition he deserves and that this documentary continues to build empathy for the people of New Orleans and how Katrina impacted their lives.
Can't wait for the anti-woke crowd to show up and cry that there's too many Black people in this movie.
What happened? The ra*ists haven't gotten here yet! I'm sure they'll get around to it. What else do they have to give their lives meaning?