After the Storm. 2009. USA. Directed by Hilla Medalia

Hilla Medalia’s powerful, absorbing After the Storm reveals a New Orleans that most of us have never seen before. The film follows twelve young people who, after Hurricane Katrina, are chosen by Broadway professionals to perform in a community production of the musical Once on This Island—itself set in the wake of a hurricane—as a benefit to fund the restoration of a local community center. Israeli-born, New York–based filmmaker Medalia, known for her documentaries 39 Pounds of Love and To Die in Jerusalem, captures the strength and determination of the young performers as they act out stories that parallel their own—and creates a document of a resilient New Orleans community in the process.

Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film.