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Women of the Storm

Are women better at civic activism than men? "Women of the Storm" provides an affirmative answer through the story of a group of women from New Orleans. Following in the tradition of the fight for voting rights, the Women emerged after the disastrous hurricanes and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They were more important than any other other association in rebuilding the city. Through strategy sessions and insider footage of Congressional meetings, “Women of the Storm” asks why they were successful, how they coped with setbacks, and their shift from a local to national agenda.

  • Wesley Shrum
    Brother Time, Light Years, Chick
  • Carolina Loreto
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    28 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 3, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Big Easy International Film Festival, Cinema on the Bayou, Delhi Women's International Film Festival, Ellensburg Film Festival, Flagler Film Festival, Freedom Film Festival, Lady Filmmakers Festival, Long Island Film Festival, Rails to Reels Film Festival, Sunscreen Film Festival
Director Biography - Wesley Shrum

Dr. Wesley Shrum, Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University, heads the Video Ethnography Laboratory and founded the Fringe Performance Archive for the National Library of Scotland in 2009. Currently, he serves as Executive Director of the Ethnografilm festival of documentary film in Paris, France and Associate Editor of the Journal of Video Ethnography.

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Director Statement

Our team started filming after Hurricane Katrina and we produced over 1200 hours for the archive of the Louisiana State Museum. Of all the groups we filmed, the Women were truly the ones most responsible for the rebuilding of New Orleans. Their story is one of persistence and ultimately success. Personally, I'd say women are probably better at civic activism than men.