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Filmmakers to discuss Katrina documentary

This week, two filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their documentary and the complicated issues surrounding the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. On Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., Cedric Johnson, assistant professor of political science, will host a screening of the film “Belly of the Basin” in the Geneva Room of the Library. The event will include a discussion with the filmmakers, Roxana Walker-Canton and Tina Morton.

The film, which details the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, challenges viewers with the enormous psychological and physical displacement suffered by poor and minority communities on the Gulf Coast. Through individual stories of survivors and volunteers at grassroots organizations, “Belly of the Basin” poses questions about the value of human life in relationship to race, class, gender and politics.

Walker-Canton is an independent filmmaker and a visiting assistant professor in gender and women’s studies at Connecticut College. She teaches film and video production, screenwriting, and film studies courses including African American women and film. Recent work includes “Point of No Return,” a short experimental video about the slave dungeons in Ghana which was awarded first prize in the juried experimental screenings for the University Film & Video Association and was screened at the Black Filmmakers Festival in Atlanta, Ga.

Morton is an award-winning film and prolific video maker. She recently completed a documentary about Scribe Video Center, a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization founded as a place where individuals could learn skills in media making. Morton’s previously completed films and videos include: “A Promise Fulfilled,” “A Day's Work,” “We The People,” “OpnFlo: Investigation,” “If You Call Them,” “The Plan,” and “Severed Souls.” Her work, the majority of which she personally produced, directed, photographed and edited, has been broadcast on public television, featured in film festivals, exhibited in galleries and museums, and taught in colleges and universities in numerous cities across the United States. Morton is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Howard University.

This event is sponsored by the Political Science Department in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, the Africana Studies Program, Intercultural Affairs, Media and Society Program and the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men.