Renaissance Village

ISBN 13: 9780984053100

Renaissance Village

 
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Acclaimed New Orleans native Wendell Pierce (Ray, The Wire) narrates this gritty look at the delicate relationship between government and citizen in the wake of disaster. Filmed on location in the small city of Baker, Louisiana, Renaissance Village follows the personal struggles of five characters to reclaim their lives after living nearly three years in a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) trailer park. After allegations of formaldehyde poisoning force the park to close, residence must leave to find a new home.

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[Renaissance Village] does a great job of bringing the viewer into the complexity of the aftermath of Katrina... It is only through documentaries such as this that we can work to make sure history does not repeat itself. --Karen Profita, President/CEO, Capital Area United Way

Renaissance Village does what documentaries can be so good at: giving voice to people who have been denied a chance to speak. Renaissance Village s strength lies in Chasnoff s willingness to pursue this story over an extended length of time so that we can share the frustration these people experienced as they tried to get more help or even just information. Chasnoff gives us individuals to identify with rather than statistics and that makes his film far more effective and meaningful. --Beth Accomando, Film Critic and Co-host, Film Club of the Air

Renaissance Village is a remarkable accomplishment. It delivers intimate, gripping portraits of the lives and strivings of residents, and depicts with searing clarity the survival dilemmas they face on a daily basis. Yet, the movie never loses sight of the larger players, both government and corporate, who have wittingly and unwittingly allowed a natural disaster to become a human travesty. --Omar M. McRoberts, Author, Streets of Glory: Church and Community in a Black Urban Neighborhood (University of Chicago Press).

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