New film documents New Orleans’ historic Tremé neighborhood and its challenges

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The documentary "Faubourg Tremé" premiered Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Lolis Eric Elie is part of the team that began documenting the culture of New Orleans' Tremé neighborhood five years before Hurricane Katrina. After the flood, the footage survived.

But Elie wonders what will become of the neighborhood and the city's culture. The Tremé resident talks with us about the state of his city as seen through the film, his neighborhood and the city’s music scene.

Takeaway facts:

  • Tremé is one of the oldest black neighborhoods in the United States.
  • Through residents, artists, scholars and narration from Elie, the film shows a New Orleans neighborhood that was important in the early birth of the Civil Rights struggle and jazz music.
  • Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis is one of the film's executive producers.

Guest: Lolis Eric Elie, metro columnist for The Times-Picayune newspaper, and co-director of "Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans"