Tavis Smiley Reports: New Orleans: Been In The Storm Too Long
Airs Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Friday, July 16, 2010
For the third installment of "Tavis Smiley Reports," host Tavis Smiley and Academy Award®-winning director Jonathan Demme travel to New Orleans, five years after Hurricane Katrina. Through the lens of the rich culture, Smiley examines the efforts of the city’s most resilient residents as they rebuild their schools, churches and homes against enormous odds. Viewers gain a unique perspective on the men and women who rode out the storm and are determined to rebuild their city and their lives.
"We see two sides of the city—the tourist areas that have been redeveloped with federal funds, and the devastated neighborhoods where everyday people have taken it upon themselves to get their homes rebuilt, their schools reopened, and their lives back."
The charismatic and poignant people of New Orleans to be featured include:
Jazz musicians Ellis and Branford Marsalis
Actor John Goodman, longtime resident now starring in the HBO series "Treme'
Actor Wendell Pierce, a third-generation native also starring in "Treme"
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun, whose experiences were chronicled in Dave Eggers’ award-winning book "Zeitoun'