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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Faubourg Treme story

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 10:45 PM

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At this rate, the award-winning documentary Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story Story of Black New Orleans may have to change its name. The film is winning honors in just about every film festival it enters and is destined for public television as well. Those honors include best documentary in the San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Francisco Black Film Festival and the Martha’s Vinyard African American Film Festival. It also was an official selectin in the Tribeca Film Festival.


It’s scheduled for three public screenings over the Labor Day weekend. More about the film after the jump.


Created by native New Orleanians Dawn Logsdon, who currently lives in the Bay area, and Times-Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie, the documentary looks back at the Treme community’s history, particularly at a French language newspaper owned and operated by free people of color before the Civil War. Treme was home to an active and affluent community of Creoles. After the Civil War, during and after Reconstruction, they pushed to recreate a city that accepted racial equality, leading up to the case of Homer Plessy, a light-skinned black man (and resident of Treme) who challenged the laws that railroads must provide separate cars for blacks and whites. The case went to the Supreme Court and became a devastating setback for black New Orleans. Over the years, much of the history of Treme has disappeared from view.


The film also looks at Treme now — as it is again recovering. This time not from the tumult of the Civil War but from Katrina.


The official Web site is here and a trailer is here. Previewed in  Gambit here (scroll down).


The filmmakers will attend the screenings and participate in Q&A sessions following the film.


The film screens at the following times and locations:


7 p.m. Friday, August 29, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., 940-2900


1 p.m. Saturday, August 30, Christian Unity Baptist Church, 1700 Conti St., 522-3493


7 p.m. Saturday, August 30, Dillard Univ., Cook Audutorium, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., 816-4024


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