Filmmaker Jamin H. Griffiths examines the plight of some 2,000 Florida residents displaced from their homes by Hurricane Charley in 2004, and relocated to a makeshift Charlotte County trailer park that would quickly earn the nickname FEMA City. In the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, the Florida residents who had lost their homes in the storm were moved into 551 mobile homes while attempting to rebuild their fractured lives. Few could have foreseen the difficulties of returning to their homes and regaining a sense of normalcy; perhaps their stories will help others better understand the plight of the displaced and ensure their proper care when the next storm blows in.
Description by Vanguard Cinema:
In 2004, a trailer park was set up in a field on Charlotte County, florida, after Hurricane Charley destroyed buildings and homes. Over 2,000 people moved into 551 mobile homes and the park too on the nickname “FEMA CITY.” Once displaced, residents of Fema City found that returning to their homes and to normalcy would prove to be one of the greatest challenges of their lives. This powerful and educational documentary explores the issues created by a lack of affordable housing after one community is hammered by a natural disaster.