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Still Lives

Anna Sarkissian / Canada / 2007 / 12 ' / English


Anna Sarkissian
Anna Sarkissian
Anna Sarkissian
Anna Sarkissian
Featuring Creative Commons licensed audio
French translation by: Sébastien Gauthier
Special thanks: Chris Webber
Special thanks: Bike and Build cyclists
Special thanks: New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity
Special thanks: The residents of New Orleans

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An experimental documentary that focuses on the rebuilding of post-Katrina New Orleans


More than a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, some neighbourhoods have turned into virtual wastelands. The highest price was paid by the most destitute. They lost everything: homes, possessions, sometimes even a family member whose body was never found. Relocated to trailers, they are waiting for the authorities or humanitarian associations to dig their houses out from the rubble and rebuild them. This short film gives voice to the victims as well as to the volunteers, who wonder how useful they can be in the absence of a proper aid system. The filmmaker conveys a distinctive point of view in her almost surrealistic images of destroyed neighbourhoods. Like the volunteers who root through the ruins, she gleans memories from those whose lives were forever changed. - RIDM


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