Beasts of the Southern Wild makes myth of Hurricane Katrina imagery 

Sundance hit walks a fine line between fetishizing poverty and celebrating a life free of modern constraints

YOUNG GIRL AND THE SEA: Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild Jess Pinkham/Fox Searchlight

Jess Pinkham/Fox Searchlight

YOUNG GIRL AND THE SEA: Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild Jess Pinkham/Fox Searchlight

The Sundance Film Festival hit Beasts of the Southern Wild drifts around an impoverished community called the Bathtub, a fictional locale existing somewhere near coastal Louisiana. With ramshackle homes jerry-rigged of junk and spare parts, the Bathtub could be the final resting…

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