Kamp Katrina Reviews
You may like this film if you like anything that is doggedly determined to challenge "preconceived Hollywood conventions". Imagine watching, neutrally uncaring, as a group of people slowly drown... oh well,
Ultimately, this work reinforces the most negative stereotypes about NOLA - a place of endemic sin, evil, and hopelessness; forget all notions about New Orleans as a light-hearted, fun, or healthy place, with fascinating history.
If cinema verite for you means promoting a shade of truth that tries too hard to be what Spielberg, et al is not - this dystopic story is a success - utterly lacking in mature subtlety or careful humor
this is pretty real, very sad, and very insightful, of one little group of people, who are living in tents behind ms. pearl's house.
drugs really are people's down fall.
also the women with the fake eye. wow!!! just wow!!
It raises some interesting questions about the length of charity. Kamp Katrina is a tent city that two people (I think they are husband and wife - they never say explicitly) set up for displaced people in their back yard after Hurricane Katrina.
The man who owns the land has a construction business that remodels and repairs houses, which I assume is a good business to be in after a hurricane. He hires people that live in his back yard, since they have nothing and he's letting them stay there rent-free anyway. Where it gets hazy, and kind of tragic is that I'm sure some of the people that lived in the tent city were people that had houses that are now homeless. Others were people that look like they were pretty much homeless pre-Katrina and situation never rectified itself.
After a while you start to see the people that live in the tents as not necessarily victims of a natural disaster but as victims of countless personal disasters. At the end one of the women in the tent village gives birth 3 months prematurely to a crack baby. It's hard to feel bad for this woman when you see how much was offered to her and how she still decided to smoke crack.
That being said, it's certainly worth seeing the "Where are they now" extras after the movie to see what happened to that woman.