Getting Back to Abnormal

PBS Premiere: July 14, 2014Check the broadcast schedule »

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Getting Back to Abnormal
The best place to find detailed information about the film and filmmakers is the film's website.

"Documenting New Orleans on Film and Putting Getting Back to Abnormal in Context"
This article by filmmaker Paul Stekler discusses the history of making documentaries about New Orleans.

Original Online Content on POV
To enhance the broadcast, POV has produced an interactive website to enable viewers to explore the film in greater depth. POV's website for Getting Back to Abnormal-- a broad range of exclusive online content to enhance the PBS broadcast. Watch the full film online for free for a limited time following the broadcast, watch an extended interview with the filmmakers, download a discussion guide and other viewing resources and more.


New Orleans
City of New Orleans
The city's official website includes information on the city council, services and strategic plans, as well as press releases about current issues.

Columbia Parc
The website of the Columbia Parc community (featured in the film) includes details about the housing project and policies governing former residents of the St. Bernard housing project and all current residents.

The Data Center
This website is a non-partisan source of research-based demographic information about New Orleans and post-Katrina recovery.

Housing Authority of New Orleans
This website provides general information about public housing options and initiatives in the city.

Housing Advocacy
National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
This human rights organization works with local groups to advocate for policies promoting equitable and universal economic and social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity. Of special interest is this critique of recovery proposals for New Orleans written by Stephanie Mingo and Sam Jackson.

Prepared Testimony of Ms. Stephanie Mingo Before the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity: "Status of the Big Four, Four Years After Hurricane Katrina"
In this testimony, Stephanie Mingo explains how post-Katrina policies have favored the interests of landowners, corporations and affluent homeowners at the expense of the poor.

Race Relations

Gentrification and its Discontents: Notes from New Orleans by Richard Campanella
An article on the changing demographics in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

A Katrina Reader
This is a collection of articles and reports from grassroots racial justice organizations and initiatives in post-Katrina New Orleans. The site includes a useful collection of links to related organizations.

NAACP New Orleans Branch
The New Orleans chapter of the NAACP was founded in 1915 and has worked since then to end race-based discrimination. Recent initiatives include combatting racism in the New Orleans police department.

One Community Initiative
A project of New Orleans' public television station, this site offers the results of 2008 and 2009 surveys on race relations and race-based discrimination in New Orleans.