BCBH is one of the first feature-length documentaries to explore the New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Masking Indian tradition. In the film, we meet Big Chief Tee, the youngest Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief. Tee and his “tribe” are preparing to celebrate another Mardi Gras season when the pandemic hits New Orleans, that’s already struggling to hang onto its Black culture. Through this one cultural tradition, we are able to examine themes of racism, gentrification, cultural appropriation, and the historic divide between Black and Indengious populations.
Most importantly, this documentary functions as a visual love letter to the city of New Orleans and her people.