Oh, c'mon, anonymous commenter: BOTSW may not be a documentary, but to say that it isn't related to or inspired by Katrina is naive in the extreme.
I saw it on July 4 at the nearly empty Canal Place, and I'm still a little conflicted. Because yes, there's plenty of magical realism going on, but there's also a LOT of stereotyping, too (e.g. the wise child, the wise black female "healer", etc.). The characters weren't especially deep or well-drawn.
I disagree that BOTSW can be seen as a "Republican fantasy" about Louisianans who couldn't or wouldn't leave in advance of Katrina (or any other storm). Apart from that, however, there's truth in both Korman and Kenigsberg's readings. Which raises the question: are the film's gray areas planned nuances or completely accidental?
I think engineers already put the kabosh on this idea, as fabulous as it may be:
That's not to say the hair booms can't be used privately, but I don't think the Coast Guard or BP will be buying 'em for large-scale deployment.
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