The Old Man and the Storm


This moving documentary details the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the Gettridge family, residents of New Orleans for some seven generations. The film focuses on Herbert Gettridge’s struggle to rebuild his home in the Lower Ninth Ward, setting his experiences in the context of larger state and federal programs to reconstruct the city. The film provides an excellent illustration of the complexity of the rebuilding process following disaster, as well as the connections between people and places. As the Gettridges’ post-Katrina struggles are detailed, we see how lived experience, social and familial ties, and history bind people to places, and learn how difficult it is to reassemble these ties following a catastrophe. This should provide for an excellent discussion of the importance of places, whether dwellings or cities, in people’s lives.

56:29 Video duration: 56:29


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