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At Black Funeral Homes in New Orleans, COVID's Toll Is Steep | "Death Is Our Business"

23 Mar 2021
Watch a scene from "Death Is Our Business," a forthcoming documentary chronicling how two of the oldest Black-owned funeral homes in New Orleans have navigated the coronavirus pandemic and its racially disproportionate toll.

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From award-winning filmmaker Jacqueline Olive, the short film documents how staff at these funeral homes have reimagined traditional cultural grieving practices for the COVID-19 era, aiming to bring comfort to a hard-hit city — while trying to keep from falling ill themselves.

“It's been a very stressful time,” says embalmer Stephanie Simon in the above clip. “It was like we were playing Russian roulette with our own lives."

Watch "Death Is Our Business," a co-production between FRONTLINE, Firelight Media and WORLD Channel, starting March 23. https://to.pbs.org/3vRkxer

The documentary also airs on WORLD Channel March 24:

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