"Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) is joining forces with PBS’s Tavis Smiley to present a unique week-long series on post-Katrina New Orleans called 'Right to Return: New Home Movies from the Lower 9th Ward.' The series consists of “portrait” documentaries filmed in New Orleans over the course of 2006, leading into January of this year. The five short films chart the efforts of a disparate group of New Orleanians who braved unimaginable adversity after the floods of 2005 in an attempt to reclaim their homes, their neighborhoods – primarily in the Lower 9th Ward – and their shattered lives and livelihoods. The residents presented in the unfolding seasonal format include teachers, ministers, a retired chef, volunteer workers, the owner of the legendary 'Mother-In-Law Lounge,' librarians, and workers from all walks of life.
'Right to Return' will air nightly for a week, beginning Monday, May 28th on the 'Tavis Smiley' late-night PBS program... Each night, Demme will join Smiley on location to set up the portraits and introduce the people featured in each episode. The main individuals profiled will have the opportunity at the end of each program to give an update on how their lives have changed since the floods that devastated their homes in the fall of 2005." The New York Times reviewed the series here.
UPDATE: H/T Episcapalooza. "LPB is airing a doc, 'Surviving the Storm', Thursday June 7: 'Surviving the Storm' is narrated by New Orleans resident and actor John Goodman. The one-hour program tells the story of how Ochsner Hospital remained open during Hurricane Katrina and continued to see patients despite the subsequent flooding and devastation."