A Taste of PATOIS: "Katrina Story" & "Wade in the Water, Children"
A Taste of PATOIS:
The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival
Curated by Courtney Egan and Jordan Flaherty
Dir. 10th Ward Buck, 2008, 35 min.
New Orleans Bounce music superstar 10th Ward Buck tells his first-hand experience of being in New Orleans East as Katrina struck, his evacuation to the Houston Astrodome, as well as music performances, interviews with other New Orleans rappers, and more.
Wade in the Water, Children
Dir. Elizabeth Wood and Gabriel Nussbaum, 2008, 70 min.
Through a passionate mixture of private videos, uncensored interviews and school-day adventures, the children of New Orleans notoriously violent Central City neighborhood have created a riveting portrait of childhood at the heart of an ongoing American crisis.
No one set out to make a film: six months after Katrina, two filmmakers moved to New Orleans with a free art program, intended to help students creatively express their thoughts in response to the chaos of the storm. Their documentary-film class at Singleton Charter School at the local YMCA invited students to take video-cameras home and tell their stories on their own terms. The results quickly transcended the classroom. 300 hours of deeply personal video-tape later, Wade in the Water, Children took shape.
AFTER THE FILM: Q&A with dirs. Elizabeth Wood and Gabriel Nussbaum
Part of a two-part series which sheds a spotlight on hip hop (and its cultural and political antecedents), from a region engulfed in environmental siege with centuries old roots and a New South identity. After considering hip hop's southern migration and local variations, Country Rap transitions into Katrina: Five Years Later, a selection of films that document New Orleans' rich history, lending further gravity to those made in response to the devastation of New Orleans, and efforts towards recovery.
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