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Sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, an entire generation still grapples with the lifelong impact of having their childhood redefined by tragedy. New Orleans filmmaker Edward Buckles Jr., who was 13 years old during Katrina and its initial aftermath, spent seven years documenting the stories of his peers who survived the storm as children, using his community’s tradition of oral storytelling to open a door for healing and to capture the strength and spirit of his city. KATRINA BABIES details the close-knit families and vibrant communities of New Orleans whose lives were uprooted by the 2005 disaster. These American children who were airlifted out of the rising waters, evacuated from their homes to refugee-like centers, or placed in makeshift, temporary living situations, have been neglected. As families were tasked with reintegrating into new communities, having experienced loss, displacement and lack of support from government officials, the children were left to process their trauma in a wounded, fractured city.

  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    81 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Edward Buckles, Jr.
  • Screenwriter
    Audrey Rosenberg, Edward Buckles, Luther Clement Lam
  • Producer
    Edward Buckles, Jr., Audrey Rosenberg, Rebecca Teitel
  • Executive Producer
    Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Coodie Simmons, Chike Ozah, Ian Orefice, Jess Jacobs, Sara Rodriguez, Mike Beck, Loren Hammonds, Alexa Conway, Eileen Tavarez
  • Cast
    Calvin Baxter, Arnould Burks, Damaris Calliet
  • Cinematographer
    Edward Buckles
  • Editor
    Fiona Otway, Luther Clement Lam
  • Composer
    Osei Essed