Watch the full-length, award-winning documentary,
Heart of the City: Katrina Five Years Later below.
Director/Producer: Barnard Jaffier
Editor: Patrick Inhofer
Cinematographer: Bob Perrin
Associate Producer: Cindy Birch
Host/Talent: Jurnee Smollett
Publisher: BET NEWS/VIACOM
Date(s) Published: August 22, 2010 – September 23, 2010
2011 NYABJ (New York Association of Black Journalists),
Public Affairs category.
Originally aired on BET / Viacom.
HEART OF THE CITY: KATRINA FIVE YEARS LATER. Captures life-unfolding stories reflecting the current issues of education, housing, health/mental health and employment.
The one hour news/documentary special focuses on individuals who are agents of advocacy affecting change, and the hopeful renewal of the Gulf Coast region. Five years after Hurricane Katrina the “Crescent City” continues to rebuild, most notably the Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood populated by generations of African-American families and homeowners.
HEART OF THE CITY: KATRINA FIVE YEARS LATER illuminated a community rife with broken promises, abandoned homes and disrupted lives. Despite the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many residents and community-based organizations in the Ninth Ward remain committed to returning home and rebuilding their future.
HEART OF THE CITY: KATRINA FIVE YEARS LATER is a story about the spirit of perseverance powered by hope.