POV: Getting Back to Abnormal

POV: Getting Back to Abnormal

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:30pm

Pictured: Political operative Barbara Lacen-Keller denouncing some New Orleans electoral dirty tricks.

Credit: Courtesy of Andrew Kolker

What happens when America's most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? 

The ongoing drama of New Orleans' struggle to rise after Hurricane Katrina gets a provocative update in the new documentary POV: Getting Back to Abnormal, airing Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. on WXXI World. Serving up a rich Louisiana mix of race, money, corruption, and politics, the film tells the story of the polarizing re-election campaign of a white woman to a city council seat traditionally held by a black representative. Featuring a cast of characters as colorful as the city itself, the film presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. This documentary was produced by filmmakers Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Paul Stekler and Peter Odabashian. Peter is a 1971 graduate of the University of Rochester.

Getting Back to Abnormal, as entertaining as it is serious about race in New Orleans, focuses on the 2010 re-election campaign of Stacy Head. She sees herself as a colorblind anti-corruption crusader whose sometimes jaw-droppingly politically incorrect language puts her squarely in the middle of a new black and white political battleground. Her opponents, in turn, mince no words, branding Head a racist for supporting policies that they say are driving African-Americans out of power in City Hall.