WAVELAND


85 mins.
Color

Documentary film about the town America lost in the storm.

Hurricane Katrina was being called "The Storm of the Century" before it had even arrived. As the Category-5 hurricane approached the United States, satellite photos showed it covering the entire Gulf of Mexico. In the early morning hours of August 29, 2005, Katrina took an unexpected turn to the East and made landfall on the small coastal town of Waveland, Mississippi. By the end of the day, the town was no longer recognizable, 95% of the town's structures had been damaged or destroyed, and the lives of 45 residents had been lost. While the world's attention turned to the destruction in New Orleans, Waveland was recovering from bearing the brunt of a direct hit from the largest recorded storm surge in Gulf Coast history. Survivors described it as a giant wave that had washed over the town. It was 28' high. In the days, months, and years following the storm, this documentary tracks several survivors on their different paths in the wake of this tragedy, telling their stories and examining the deeply human question of what makes a home and what it means to lose one.