"They say that a mixture of every nation is to be found in New Orleans. But in the midst of this confusion, what race should dominate and give direction to the rest?" - Alexis de Toqueville, 1832
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
_"_One of the most acute, brilliant and profound docs ever made about race in America." -- Gerald Peary, The Boston Phoenix
"Excellent... A sobering look at the reverberations of segregation, but Abnormal also offers a surprisingly lighthearted glimpse of the Big Easy's salty-sweet locals." -- Jason Clark, Entertainment Weekly
"Embodies all the drama of living life in 'post-racial' America." -- Jon Garelick, The Boston Globe
"A look at the stark racial, economic and cultural divisions that characterize post-Katrina politics in New Orleans. This is a film unlike any you have ever seen before." -- Charlie Cook, National Journal
"Every frame is full of life... New Orleans is always ready for its close-up." -- Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
"The filmmakers have deep history here, and a credits list equally deep in cultural exploration and appreciation" -- Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune
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