Series’ April offerings continue |

Series’ April offerings continue

The Social Forum Film Series presents the following films at 7:35 p.m. at The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way in Nevada City; admission is $4. A discussion takes place after the screening.

April 17 – “Refuge of Last Resort: The true Hurricane Katrina Story” (2006). Stranded in a New Orleans hotel with a group of five adults and four children, film maker James Bills put his camera to good use in his native city. With no stock footage at all, Bills records the city before, during, and mainly after Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005. It is hard to comprehend the terrifying power, destructive force, and catastrophic flooding of the storm. Bills interviews a handful of citizens and with understated narration lets them tell their stories. The bald lies and gross incompetence of local, state, and especially the federal government loom large. “It has changed me forever,” reminisced one woman. “I will never depend upon the government for anything. You’re on your own.” A recent article in the New York Times suggested that 18 months later, New Orleans’s population has probably topped out at less than half of its pre-hurricane size. 72 minutes.

April 24 – “Big Easy to Big Empty: Greg Palast and The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans.” August 29, 2006, marked the one year anniversary of the devastation in New Orleans caused by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This film brings you exclusive footage and the stories you won’t hear on the other networks – the hidden political agendas and the suppressed eyewitness reports. Greg Palast and his team travel to New Orleans to investigate what has happened since Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast last year. On his visit, he discovers that the population of New Orleans is miniscule, the reconstruction sparse, suicide rates are climbing, and many have not, nor know how to, return to the city that care forgot. 30 minutes.

Also on April 24 – “Tomorrow’s New Orleans: Whose City Will it Be?” with Greg Palast on DemocracyNow! Following the release of “Big Easy to Big Empty” in 2006, Amy Goodman and Greg Palast share a lively conversation and discuss who is accountable for the ongoing disastrous situation in New Orleans. 30 minutes.

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