As New Orleans continues to develop and evolve, it is important to recognize and address the complex issues that come with progress. Tyris Mcknight, a New Orleans native, has taken on this challenge with his upcoming documentary, “New Orleans 2030.” The film examines the impact of gentrification, systemic oppression, financial apartheid, and corruption on the city’s residents.
Premiering on June 10th, 2023, at the Joy Theatre, (Tickets) “New Orleans 2030” offers a unique perspective on the city’s future. Through interviews with locals, business owners, and activists, Mcknight sheds light on the challenges facing New Orleans as it strives for economic growth and prosperity.
One of the main themes of the documentary is gentrification, the process of renovating and improving a neighborhood to attract wealthier residents. While gentrification can bring economic benefits to a community, it often comes at the expense of long-time residents, who may be forced to relocate due to rising housing costs. Mcknight explores the impact of gentrification on historically Black neighborhoods like Treme and the 7th Ward, where many residents have been displaced.
Another important issue addressed in the film is systemic oppression. Mcknight examines how discriminatory policies and practices have contributed to the city’s racial and economic disparities. From redlining to unequal access to education and job opportunities, the film sheds light on the ways in which systemic oppression has shaped New Orleans’ past and present.
Financial apartheid is another topic covered in the documentary. Mcknight explores how wealth and power are concentrated in the hands of a few, while many residents struggle to make ends meet. The film examines the impact of this economic inequality on the city’s neighborhoods, schools, and public services.
Finally, “New Orleans 2030” delves into the issue of corruption, a problem that has plagued the city for years. Mcknight examines how corruption has impacted everything from public works projects to law enforcement, and the ways in which it has eroded public trust in government institutions.
Overall, “New Orleans 2030” is a powerful and thought-provoking documentary that offers a unique perspective on the challenges facing the city. The film is a must-see for anyone interested in the future of this vibrant and complex city.