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Land of Opportunity: Documenting the (Re)Construction of New Orleans and Urban America


Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 18:00
Luisa Dantas

This program will include a screening of the feature documentary Land of Opportunity about the frontlines of the reconstruction process in post-Katrina New Orleans, followed by a Q&A with the director, Luisa Dantas. 

This evening event will be followed by a workshop the next day (12-2). In this workshop, Luisa Dantas will lead an interactive storytelling workshop featuring the LandofOpportunity web platform that features interactive narratives about post-crisis community rebuilding in five American cities.


Brazilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas has worked on a wide array of documentary and narrative projects in the U.S. and Brazil. Her most recent project, Land of Opportunity, chronicles the reconstruction of New Orleans through the eyes of those on the frontlines and asks the question: what kinds of cities do we want to (re)build in the 21st century? The transmedia project includes an award-winning feature film and interactive web platform produced in conjunction with a spectrum of national and local partners in six cities. Luisa also co-produced the acclaimed documentary, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and directed and produced the web-series Voices From the Gulf for ColorofChange. Luisa’s first fiction film, Bolo, was produced in Brazil and screened in several international festivals.She has also written for the animated series Go, Diego, Go! For Nickelodeon Television. She teaches screenwriting and place-based storytelling at Tulane University. Luisa received her B.A. in English and Latin American studies from Brown University and an M.F.A in Film from Columbia University.

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