Four years ago my wife, Kerri L. Kennedy, who was working for Mercy Corps to rebuild children’s programs in New Orleans after Katrina, and I partnered with talented journalist and filmmaker, Joseph Van Harken, to create a short documentary about the kids who lived through Katrina.
Funded by Mercy Corps, we established a class in an existing summer camp to teach 10-14 year olds how to use cameras and produce their own PSAs. We taped the entire camp class and, along with the 30 second PSAs put together a 24 minute short documentary.
To say it was a learning experience would not do it justice. Joseph was amazing at getting the kids to tell their story of the storm, which included having to make peace with the fact that their parents were suffering. The teacher, now a Teach for America fellow, Kristen Lozada worked with the kids every day and really developed a good relationship with them. She loved the experience so much she came back to work in the city with TfA.
It has been a while since we produced and released it with the full support of the community. In honor of the 5th anniversary, I ask for 24 minutes of your time to take a look at the work of these great kids. They named the film: Still Weathering The Storm.