On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and became one of the deadliest disasters in U.S. history. Six months after the storm college student Evan Allen-Gessesse volunteered for five days in New Orleans with a group called Common Ground, established days after the hurricane to provide immediate assistance to victims. He produced an award-winning film, “Standing on Common Ground,” which chronicled his journey through the voices of survivors and those who came to help.
Allen-Gessesse revisited the disaster 10 years later. Remarkably, he found that many of the subjects of from the original documentary remain attached to the city. Many predicted that New Orleans would recover and become a better place, but it turns out to be much more complicated than that.
A decade in the making, “Standing On Common Ground My Spring Break in New Orleans, Ten Years Later,” tries to make sense of this unnatural natural disaster and the lives of those it affected and shows that human spirit is stronger than catastrophe.
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