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Sensitive Film reveals Katrina’s smallest victims

Posted on: May 24, 2010

 The black lab’s name is Murphy and his elderly owner desperately wants him back.  She had to leave him behind when rescuers pulled her from her home in New Orleans. 

Hurricane Katrina did not only harm people.  Some of its victims were cats and dogs.  They can’t tell their stories, but a filmmaker can.


This Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s movie of the month, “Mine,” a documentary about the owners forced to abandon their pets when the levees broke in New Orleans.  The film runs 81 minutes and is not rated.

Director Geralyn Pezanoski watched the horrors of Katrina on television from her home in San Francisco.  She saw the cats and dogs alone on the rooftops. Then volunteers from around the country began to rescue them. And she knew what to do.


Pezanoski brought her film crew to New Orleans and spent six weeks filming the devastation of Katrina from the animals’ point of view.


Subsequently she followed pet owners for three more years in their quest to find their beloved companions.  But the rescuers had transported the pets to other states and new families had adopted them. The owners had lost their homes, belongings and jobs.  All they wanted was to have their best friend back and start over again. 

Call the library at 837-2417.


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