"Strength of the Storm" is an extremely powerful film that highlights the devastating impact that global climate change has had on the lives of Vermonters. This documentary by Rob Koier follows the stories of eight residents of Vermont’s Weston Mobile Home Park as they rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene back in 2011.
Few communities were more decimated by Hurricane Irene than Weston Mobile Home Park in the Central Vermont town of Berlin. Seventy out of eighty-three homes were damaged beyond repair. We meet a woman named Sharon Rae Quinn who was trapped in her flooded home for over six hours; an elderly retiree named Barbara Leach who was rescued in a bucket loader; and a retired public school employee named Sandy Gaffney who learned of her home’s destruction when she saw a photo posted on Facebook. Weston Park residents faced constant economic discrimination after the storm. While the wealthier neighboring communities received overwhelming volunteer support, Weston Park residents were essentially left to fend for themselves.
Official selection at: The Vermont International Film Festival, The Green Mountain Film Festival, and the White River Indie Film Fest | The film received a Vermont Community Foundation grant
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