From director Edward Buckles, Jr., Katrina Babies offers an intimate look at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on the youth of New Orleans.
An entire generation has grappled with the lifelong impact of having their childhood redefined by tragedy. Buckles, who was 12 when the hurricane hit, documents the stories of his childhood peers who survived the storm, while opening a door for his own healing, capturing the spirit and resilience of New Orleans.
“After my family and I experienced Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we were left to pick up the pieces of a situation that seemed totally out of our control. I was 12 years old, and like with many catastrophes, children were an afterthought,” the director said. “It baffled me that after we experienced one of the deadliest natural disasters in the U.S. no one asked us how we were doing or feeling. No one asked us right after the storm and no one is asking now, so I picked up a camera and decided to do it myself. What I’m most excited about is showing the beauty of New Orleans youth, how we are owning our resilience, and bringing back the city that WE love.”
Katrina Babies is a co-production between Invisible Pictures and TIME Studios in association with Creative Control and House of the Young Entertainment. The announcement coincides with the 16th anniversary of the storm. The film is produced by Edward Buckles, Jr., Audrey Rosenberg of Invisible Pictures, Rebecca Teitel of TIME Studios; executive produced by Coodie & Chike of Creative Control, Ian Orefice, Mike Beck and Alexa Conway of TIME Studios, Jess Jacobs of Invisible Pictures.
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