The Atlantic hurricane season gets underway in just a few hours. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an “above normal” season.
If just one of the predicted 13 to 17 named storms matches the fury of Katrina, a fresh group of hurricane survivors will join the 49,000 Katrina families still living in hazardous FEMA trailers.
While Katrina fatigue has set in, tens of thousands of evacuees remain locked out of their homes in New Orleans. So Tavis Smiley and filmmaker Jonathan Demme have joined forces to present “Right to Return: New Home Movies from the Lower 9th Ward.” The mini-documentaries are portraits of survival and determination.
"Right to Return" chronicles displaced New Orleanians as they reclaim their homes and participate in the rebuilding of their communities.
An Academy-award winning director, Demme felt compelled to tell the rest of the story of Katrina survivors:
Once the water subsided and the imagery wasn’t fresh anymore, we stopped knowing what’s going on down here.
The hurricane, the floods got our attention. The big question is, “Then what happened?”
The five-part series began on Monday. To check your local listing, click here.