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Film Explores Race, Culture And Politics In Post-Katrina New Orleans

Political user Barbara Lacen-Keller disapproval some of New Orleans electoral tactics. (Andrew Kolker)

Political user Barbara Lacen-Keller disapproval some of New Orleans electoral tactics. (Andrew Kolker)

A new film about competition and politics in post-Katrina New Orleans premiers tonight on PBS, as partial of a documentary array POV — Point-of-View.

Getting Back To Abnormal” centers on a quarrelsome 2010 competition for New Orleans City Council, between an African-American reverend and a polarizing white obligatory named Stacy Head, for a chair that was prolonged hold by a black representative.

Here Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to Barbara Lacen-Keller, Stacy Head’s debate aide, and Paul Stekler, one of a filmmakers, about a expansion of competition family and a domestic landscape in New Orleans in a years given Hurricane Katrina.

Interview Highlights: Barbara Lacen-Keller and Paul Stekler

Paul Stekler on how New Orleans has altered racially given Katrina.

“The city is reduction African-American. The infancy of a people who could not pierce behind — a fourth of a city who could not pierce behind — were black New Orleanians. It’s reduction of an African-American city, yet it’s still 60 percent and African-American. There are some-more Hispanics, there are some-more immature maudlin kids that have come down, so a city is rather different, yet a still mostly a black city. And it’s still mostly dominated by African-American politicians, though it’s altered to a certain extent. we think, actually, a competition that we see in this film of Stacy’s reelection and successive victories is partial of that transition in a politics of New Orleans.”

Barbara Lacen-Keller on operative with Stacy Head, a argumentative figure

“When Stacy initial came to a city council, she had never been in politics before. we consider a lot of people viewed her, one, as being a white chairman and, two, as being a extremist since she had some problems with her delivery… If she could only tinge it down only a small bit! That was a pivotal factor. we have a repute — I’ve been concerned in village impasse and activism for roughly 50 years — so a lot of folks had problems with me. They suspicion we was a sellout. But we was not.”

Paul Stekler on since he chose to concentration on this sold race

“We were looking for stories that were metaphors for a approach New Orleans was recreating itself or perplexing to move itself behind adult on a feet after Katrina. And you’re always looking for good characters, as well. So a film is not so most a film about politics, it’s regulating this sold choosing debate for city legislature as a embellishment for what was going on in a city. We picked this competition partially since Stacy and Barbara are only fanciful characters. Having a dual of them together — and their attribute is so engaging and so clever — they’re only good on camera.”

Barabara Lacen-Keller on what sets New Orleans apart

“I consider a aberration of New Orleans is that when we adore it, it loves we back. You know, a adore only froth from a street. They call it a Big Easy, not since we don’t care, since we try to make a vital as easy as it could be — and that’s a aberration of New Orleans.”


  • Barbara Lacen-Keller, Stacy Head’s debate aide.
  • Paul Stekler, one of a filmmakers behind “Getting Back to Abnormal.”

Article source: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/07/14/pbs-new-orleans-documentary

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