Treme TV series. New Orleans and Nelson Mandela legacy

Treme TV series. New Orleans and Nelson Mandela legacy
Isabel del Rio

Treme TV series. New Orleans, what a fantastic place. The paradise of music, good food and joy of living. But a paradise can become hell.


Treme TV series. Cover

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina, one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States, nearly destroyed that paradise. About 80% of New Orleans and big areas of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters remained for weeks. At least 1,830 people died in the hurricane and subsequent floods and total property damage was estimated at $81 billion.

Yes, a hell!

This week, a friend give me a present. The whole episodes of Treme TV Series (seasons 1, 2 and 3). Precisely, the series fourth and final season, consisting of five episodes, premiered on December 1, 2013.

I started to see episode 1 and wooow! Music, colors, atmosphere… They were so exciting that I cannot stop watching following episodes. Result: I went to bed really late and really interested in New Orleans culture.

Treme TV series exalts the way of life of New Orleans and harshly criticizes the actions of politicians, banks and insurance companies after the Katrina.

The consequences of the hurricane had not been so harmful if the engineers have done a better job and the city would have recovered faster if they had helped them.

Then, my question is why authorities forgot New Orleans, why banks and insurance companies were so mean with this beautiful city full of traditions and arts.

Once again, now more than ever, we should think of Nelson Mandela legacy. Because New Orleans is the result of different cultures from Europe, Africa, Native America and even Asia, a mix similar to South Africa and it seems that money dislikes these mixes, difficult to control, home of rebellious people and art.

This night I will continue seeing Treme, one of the better TV series I have ever seen. If you have the chance, don’t miss it. It’s worth!

Tomorrow, I’ll keep on writing. We’ll see if someone helps New Orleans in the end.

Today, Nelson Mandela is present.

Video: Treme TV series. Season 4 HBO.

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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