Soul Survivors

A stirring new film reveals the heroism of Katrina's victims

As the camera pans the streets of the Ninth Ward on the eve of Katrina, a reporter describes the scene, explains that some people didn't leave because they had no transportation and wonders if the storm is God's wrath raining down on New Orleans. Her sign-off: "This is me, reporting live, Kold Madina. We'll be bringin' y'all more footage very shortly."

The correspondent is Kimberly Rivers Roberts, and she is not a journalist but an aspiring rapper who calls herself Black Kold Madina. Just before Katrina hit New Orleans, Kim bought a video camera; she then used it to capture the...

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