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'Rebuilding Hope' offers timely lesson in giving

This holiday week is all about giving -- but giving, as UNO film student Ivonne Kubitza has discovered, is often more tangible when the gifts are intangible.

In "Rebuilding Hope," Kubitza interviews director Avery Strada and volunteers at the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church's RHINO (Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans) program. In the past six years, RHINO has gutted more than 300 homes, built 22 Habitat for Humanity houses and brought more than 5,000 people to the city.

It seems appropriate, with Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa celebrations before us, to look at what giving and receiving truly should be about.

The Film and Theatre Department of UNO and NolaVie present this weekly series of short films produced by the students in Laszlo Fulop's documentary class.