By MacGillivray Freeman Films
Narrated by Meryl Streep
Featuring the music of Steve Wood Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Amanda Shaw and Chubby Carrier
Journey deep into the soul-stirring heart of Louisiana – before, during and after the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Unfolding against the poignant backdrop of the most costly natural disaster in America’s history, we follow a group of four New Orleans musicians: legendary singer, songwriter, pianist, producer Allen Toussaint; Cajun blues guitarist and wetlands activist Tab Benoit; fiddling prodigy Amanda Shaw; and zydeco accordion master Chubby Carrier. Through their eyes, we witness the tragedy the city faced during Katrina.
Explore the electrifying culture of New Orleans: speed through the beautiful, alligator-filled bayous on airboats; recount the heart-wrenching, personal stories of Katrina; and most of all, witness the rapidly disappearing wetlands that are New Orleans’ first line of defense against deadly storms.
"…the now-familiar imagery of the devastation in New Orleans and other areas takes on a new resonance as the sheer size of the affected areas is felt more fully."
Best Film / Best Film For Learning / Best Sound—Giant Screen Cinema Association Achievement Award, 2007
Aurora Award “Platinum Best of Show”—2007 The Aurora Awards
Youth Prize—2007 La Géode Film Festival, Paris
Accolade Award for Excellence—2007 Accolade Competition