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"The art and music highlighted in Guardians of the Flame is spectacular; even more so, the story being told. It's about the power of art and the role of artists in building communities that reflect the traditions and aspirations of those who live in them. Not only will it make you want to live in such a community, it will inspire you to help create one."
“It is rare to be invited into the deeper layers that bind a community of people together. Guardians of the Flame allows us to sit in on one extraordinary family and - while we relish the most joyous and beautiful expressions of rhythm, color and artistry - to ponder what we safeguard and what legacy we are building. While no film may ever be able to encapsulate a whole people’s culture, Guardians conveys what can be with reverence and importance.”
“If America is a melting pot, then New Orleans is its gumbo recipe. While Hurricane Katrina destroyed lives and property, it also threatened the gumbo itself, the rich African-inflected culture of the city. The intimate documentary GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME immerses us in the activism of the Harrison family as they work on a day-to-day basis to make sure that the flavors of their city never lose their taste. More than a decade in the making, this candidly observed film will spur any spectator to join the fight to preserve New Orleans' unique traditions and carry them into the future.”
JERRY W. CARLSON, Ph.D., DEPARTMENT OF MEDIA & COMMUNICATION ARTS, THE CITY COLLEGE CUNY
This gem of a cinematic documentary will reach inside and transform you. Walk with a family during the afterlife of Katrina in New Orleans and witness them reviving an African-American community in a wasteland of government neglect, Before you know it, you may be on their side, living life with radical joy as you refuse despair. Sociologists, anthropologists, journalists, and oral historians take note! This is a film your students should see, not once but twice, or three times.
MARY MARSHALL CLARK, DIRECTOR, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR ORAL HISTORY RESEARCH
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