A new political documentary, “Getting Back to Abnormal” debuts this week on PBS and examines New Orleans politics in the post-Katrina era.
The 90-minute documentary — produced and directed Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler — profiles a Big Easy city council race between a white incumbent, Stacy Head, and a local African-American pastor, Corey Watkins.
But the film also asks: Can New Orleans preserve its character amid recovering from the 2005 hurricane?
This team’s previous work has appeared on PBS’ Nova, American Experience and Frontline.
Stekler wrote and produced Frontline’s 2008 “The Choice” documentary chronicling then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ahead of the general election.
“Getting Back to Abnormal” premieres Monday evening. In Washington, it airs Friday at 10 p.m. on WETA, and on July 23 at 8 p.m. on WHUT.
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