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Download the discussion guide for the documentary Getting Back to Abnormal and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

Getting Back to Abnormal: Discussion Guide

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This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use this documentary to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively. The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issues in the film. Rather than attempting to address them all, choose one or two that best meet your needs and interests. And be sure to leave time to consider taking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.

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Film Information

Getting Back to Abnormal (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 14, 2014

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian, Paul Stekler Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Season Announcement | Fact Sheet | Press Release | Critical Acclaim


Louis Alvarez
Louis Alvarez
Andrew Kolker
Andrew Kolker
Peter Odabashian
Peter Odabashian
Paul Stekler
Paul Stekler

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Critical Acclaim

Excellent... A sobering look at the reverberations of segregation, but Abnormal also offers a surprisingly lighthearted glimpse of the Big Easy’s salty-sweet locals.

— Jason Clark, Entertainment Weekly

Embodies all the drama of living life in 'post-racial' America.

— Jon Garelick, The Boston Globe

A look at the stark racial, economic and cultural divisions that characterize post-Katrina politics in New Orleans. This is a film unlike any you have ever seen before.

— Charlie Cook, National Journal

Every frame is full of life... New Orleans is always ready for its close-up.

— Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times

The filmmakers have deep history here, and a credits list equally deep in cultural exploration and appreciation

— Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune

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