The Wounded City (TM)
Format: DVD Slideshow, 400 photos of Katrina damage, New Orleans, 2005
Runtime: 17 minutes
Summary: A provocative historic record from a native's eye of a city that has been crushed by flood. See New Orleans, neighborhood by neighborhood, as native artist-photographer Phyllis Parun found it when she returned home post-evacuation, October through December, 2005.
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HOW "The Wounded City" (TM) DVD WAS MADE
Phyllis Parun, New Orleans native artist-poet-culturer, has lived, worked and created in her hometown her entire life. She evacuated on August 31, 2005, when she saw the lake waters reach Royal and Canal streets.
She returned home in October, 2005, determined to photograph every neighborhood of her wounded city. Parun worked under dire conditions. She had no automobile, no landline phone and poor cellular communications, sporadic electric utilities, non-potable water, and a neighborhood and home suffering damage. Between her own repairs and daily clean up work, Parun persevered taking pictures of her beloved New Orleans.
With a Sony digital camera given to her, traveling in borrowed cars which her friends either drove or loaned to her, using a bicycle given her and on foot, Parun photographed everything she saw.
Everywhere she went, she took pictures, never crossing a property line or violating any sacred objects or territory. Not once did she disturb any scene or move any objects. Only once did the National Guard ask her to delete photos with Iraqi security forces in them. In another case, National Guards escorted her into restricted areas. Every photograph in this DVD is exactly what photographer Phyllis Parun witnessed herself. The soundtrack is comprised of sound bites of voices and temple bells that she collected and created for this DVD.
The result is a magnificent personal journey by this native artist, poet and writer through the wounded city of her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, from October through December of 2005.