WATCH | Soledad O’Brien’s “In America” Documentary New Orleans Rising

Soledad O’Brien’s latest “In America” documentary New Orleans Rising premiered this weekend – airing tonight at 8pmET and next week. The documentary will focus on several families and highlights the various ways red tape has stopped the reconstruction.

Wendell Pierce (Bunk from The Wire) is a main character. The actor now stars in HBO’s Treme based on post-Katrina New Orleans, but Pierce is also a local. We see his work trying to rebuild his neighborhood of Pontchartrain Park, which is both uplifting and frustrating.

Pontchartrain Park has the second slowest rate of return, only ahead of the Ninth Ward – only 30% of the residents had returned.  Darryl Willis, star of BP ads, is part of this CNN documentary.

O’Brien was on the ground five years ago for CNN, and she talked to residents she had initially interviewed from when the Hurricane first came.

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