This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

April 30, 2009

Forgetting the Water

Filed under: NOLA Post-Katrina Levee Break — Tags: , , , — pprscribe @ 2:33 pm

A conversation I had with one woman captured the realities that are settling into these families as they face the future.

She told me “We had nothing before the hurricane. Now we got less than nothing.”

September 6, 2005
Statement of Senator Barack Obama
Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

I have been working on a follow-up to my previous DVR alert about the documentary Trouble the Water after finally viewing it. I have been finding my attempts thwarted by the sadness and anger I still feel. On my previous blog I wrote about my reactions while the story was unfolding. Perhaps I will save some of those posts and re-post them here before shutting that old spot down later next month.

In the meantime, I once again encourage everyone who is able to support this film project.

It is impossible to watch it without being struck emotionally. Who can listen to the audio montage of of 911 calls for help—as the water rose around them with no where for them to go, each caller being told time and time again by stunned operators with no adequate call-script to guide them that no help would be forthcoming—without feeling pain?

"front porch of the lower 9th." eschipul, http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/3144949504/

"front porch of the lower 9th." eschipul, http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/3144949504/

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3 Comments »

  1. I watched it the other day too and I know what you mean. The thing I took from it was how displaced people really were and how all this hope and positive attitude they had they still returned back to the N.O. I thought the rap she made was very tough to listen to because it was a heart felt resilient song. I actually DVR’d it myself to make sure I saw it. I urge everyone to try to find a way to see it it’s tough but encouraging to see folk persist no matter what.

    Comment by Freeman Press — April 30, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

  2. Freeman, yes that was incredibly poignant, wasn’t it. The scene where they are about to leave their state for the first time…planning out their route using a globe and a map…I felt like I was right there with them.

    Comment by pprscribe — May 1, 2009 @ 10:02 am

  3. [...] That Black Girl lets us know that the amazing Trouble the Water is now available on DVD (see my post about the doc here); [...]

    Pingback by An Unhappy Anniversary: NOLA Four Years After the Katrina Levee Breaches « This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life — August 31, 2009 @ 6:22 am


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