Watch the trailer: Getting Back to Abnormal premieres Monday, July 14, 2014, at 10 PM on PBS stations. (Check local listings.)

What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? New Orleans is the setting for Getting Back to Abnormal, a film that serves up a provocative mix of race, corruption and politics to tell the story of the re-election campaign of Stacy Head, a white woman in a city council seat traditionally held by a black representative. Supported by her irrepressible African-American aide Barbara Lacen-Keller, Head polarizes the city as her candidacy threatens to diminish the power and influence of its black citizens. Featuring a cast of characters as colorful as the city itself, the film presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. Official Selection of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS.

After the broadcast, visit the Getting Back to Abnormal companion site to watch the full film online for free for a limited time following the broadcast (July 15, 2014, to August 12, 2014), watch an extended interview with the filmmakers, find out what’s happened since the cameras stopped rolling, download a discussion guide and other viewing resources, and ask the filmmakers live on Google+ on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (the day after broadcast) from 12:30 to 1:15 PM ET (9:30-10:15 AM PT).

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