Wade in the Water, Children
DIRECTED BY - Elizabeth Wood, Gabriel Nussbaum
Through a passionate mixture of private videos, uncensored interviews and school-day adventures, the children of New Orleans notoriously violent Central City neighborhood have created a riveting portrait of childhood at the heart of an ongoing American crisis.
No one set out to make a film: six months after Katrina, filmmakers Elizabeth Wood and Gabriel Nussbaum moved to New Orleans with a free art program, intended to help students creatively express their thoughts in response to the chaos of the storm. Their documentary-film class at Singleton Charter School at the local YMCA invited students to take video-cameras home and tell their stories on their own terms. The results quickly transcended the classroom. 300 hours of deeply personal video-tape later, Wade in the Water, Children took shape.
RUNTIME - 75 minutes
RATING - Not Rated
YEAR - 2008
FORMAT - DVD Region All
- Audience Award (Winner)
2008 New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival (New Orleans, United States)
"A devastating, first-hand account of life in post-Katrina New Orleans, told from the mouths of babes who are surviving it under outrageous living conditions. Scalding stuff."
New York Newsday
"This film is especially important and powerful in how it intimately reveals the desperate situation before the storm, as well as afterward."
Paul Goldberger, Essayist, The New Yorker & The New York Times
"A remarkable look at the students' lives that delves far below the surface of Katrina wreckage. Wade in the Water, Children is one of the treasures salvaged from the wake of the levee failures."