Because we do not have a television in our home, my wife and I get our movies and tv shows through Netflix. Usually we watch a full season of a particular show, mixing in a movie or two between dvds of whatever series we happen to be caught up in at the moment. Most recently it has been Treme, David Simon and Eric Overmyer’s drama about post-Katrina New Orleans. For those who have never seen the show, here is an excerpt:
Wanting to know more about the Treme neighborhood, I ordered journalist Lolis Eric Elie and filmmaker Dawn Logsdon’s documentary Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. The Hayfoot and I watched it last night and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The film depicts the crisis caused by the hurricane while exploring the history of the community going back to the eighteenth century. I had always known of course about the Crescent City’s jazz heritage; I was aware, too, that the Plessy vs. Ferguson case originated on a New Orleans railroad car. I had never grasped the city’s full role in the nation’s history, however, until seeing this intelligent, unflinching paean to one of the world’s great cities.