Through the eyes of urban planners, community organizers, displaced youth, immigrant workers, and public housing residents, this verite-style documentary reveals how the story of New Orleans is the story of urban America: how democratic processes can fail us, how economic crisis can pull the rug out from under us, and how (im)migration can prove to be a complicated bargain. As cities all over the world struggle to recover from disaster, whether economic, natural, or man-made, the lessons of post-Katrina New Orleans have only become more urgent.
"Land of Opportunity is an important part of the New Orleans story. It gets down and dirty with the people on the ground. Five years in the making, Luisa's film gives voice to everyday people working hard to rebuild their city and their lives. Anyone who cares about the future of cities in this country should see this movie!"
--Spike Lee, Filmmaker, "When the Levees Broke"
"Land of Opportunityis the best film available about the community-development challenges facing post-Katrina New Orleans. But of course the real value of the film is that this process is not so unique after all. It is simply an exaggeration of the issues facing communities, residents and workers all across America."
-- Dr. Rob Olshanksy, Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Author, "Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans.
Awards & Screenings
"Best International Documentary" Award, Reel World Film Festival in Toronto, 2011
ARTE, European broadcast, 2010
It's All True International Documentary Film Festival, Brasil, 2011
New Orleans Film Festival 2010
Just Metropolis (Planners Network) Conference, 2011
Allied Media Conference, 2011
Media that Matters Conference, 2011
Urban Affairs Association Conference, 2011
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, 2012
Southern Sociological Society Conference, 2013
Montreal International Black Film Festival, 2011
Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival, 2011
SXSW Interactive, 2012
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