Directed by Dawn Logsdon. 2008. USA Color. 68 min.
"Flat out brilliant...this is a great piece of storytelling, filmmaking and testifying. It is also arguably the most poignant film ever made about New Orleans"
— New Orleans Tribune
Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans is the riveting story of one community’s epic struggle for racial equality - from slave revolts and underground free black antebellum resistance, through the challenges of post-Katrina rebuilding today - all set to a fabulous soundtrack of New Orleans music through the ages. This award-winning film gives the depth of history to current racial strife and challenges viewers to think historically and critically about the links between race, class, conflict, and cultural expression in our modern communities. This is the true story of the neighborhood that inspired David Simon’s fictional HBO television series Tremé.
Faubourg Tremé was largely shot before the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and edited afterward, giving the film both a celebratory and elegiac tone. The Tremé district was damaged when the levees broke as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Many Tremé residents are still unable to return home, and the neighborhood is fighting some of the same civil rights battles first launched here 150 years ago.
Faubourg Tremé premiered at Tribeca International Film Festival, was featured three years in a row as a national PBS Black History Month Presentation, and won Best Documentary awards from the San Francisco International Film Festival, Popular American Culture Association, and The Society for Visual Anthropology.
"...A powerful reflection of treme as a place of creative ferment and political resistance for some 300 years."