FORCED CHANGE, a feature documentary from director Rennik Soholt, uses the path of destruction left behind by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a vehicle to strip away the ultra-wide lens of modern news media’s approach to disaster coverage and to go deeper to bring to life the unique and touching human stories buried beneath the monster headlines. Filmed at critical moments over the last ten years, mostly by the director himself, FORCED CHANGE is a decade-spanning retrospective of four unique and relatable characters that left New Orleans after the hurricane and never returned home.
Through interviews and touching vignettes with its characters, FORCED CHANGE tells the story of how real people adapt to life-changing situations, and is an unfiltered look at how those choices play out over a long timeline, in good times and bad. The main characters in FORCED CHANGE tell stories of indecision, perseverance, loss, heartbreak, and quite possibly hope. Along the way, the documentary makes connections that are familiar and touching to anyone - from the meaning of "home" to how to cope with unimaginable tragedy on a human scale. This is a story about what makes us who we are, and in the telling of that story, FORCED CHANGE achieves the sort of intimacy and access that is rarely seen in the documentary genre.