A New Film About Katrina

August 21st, 2007 by Larry Smith  

ms_pearl.jpgThe second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is a big story—10 major Time, Inc. publications, for example, are featuring Katrina coverage according to The New York Times. A lot of the coverage focuses on the politics of Katrina and how the government failed its own, a notion Spike Lee explored so well in When the Levees Broke. But like A.D., David Redmon and Ashley Sabin’s new documentary, Kamp Katrina, focuses on the individual stories of a handful of people who lived through it. For six months, the filmmakers embedded themselves into the life of Ms. Pearl, a 56-year-old Upper 9th Ward resident whose backyard became a self-made tent community for 14 displaced residents.

The film debuts at NYC’s MOMA this Thursday, August 23, moves downtown to the Pioneer Theater for a weeklong run, before traveling the United States. Some SMITH editors will be at the Friday night screening at the Pioneer. It’s far from a popcorn flick, but if any SMITH readers can make it, let us know—first bucket’s on us.

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