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UD alum debuts documentary on hurricane aftermath in Virgin Islands
Peter Bailey amid storm damage

​Filmmaker Peter Bailey, from news coverage by a Miami TV station after hurricanes struck the island where he grew up.

"Has America Forgotten the Virgin Islands?"

That was The New York Times’ headline on a column written by UD alumni Peter Bailey, a month after the U.S. territory was struck by not one, but two hurricanes. The rest of America was learning about the devastation in Puerto Rico, but it knew almost nothing about the suffering in the islands where Bailey grew up. 

As little as the media talked about Puerto Rico, they talked even less about the Virgin Islands. And one analysis reported by the Washington Post found that coverage of Puerto Rico didn't ramp up until Hurricane Maria's aftermath had become a political story.

Bailey has turned his NYT column into a documentary, “The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders.” The movie received its mainland debut in October at the University of Southern California, hosted by the Council for Diversity and Inclusion at USC's School of Cinema Arts.

Join us for a screening at 3:30 p.m. in Kirkbride Hall, room 100, followed at 5:30 by a Q&A with the filmmaker at the Deer Park Tavern, second floor.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at the Q&A at the Deer Park. The event is sponsored by the Journalism Program and the Department of English. It is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

Story published on 10/31/2018 ; last modified on
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​UD alum Peter Bailey has turned a column he wrote for The New York Times into a documentary on the post-hurricane struggles of the Virgin Islands, where he grew up.

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