"Two Cities" spends some time with Dr. Sanyika, a self-described "Houstorleanean," whose experiences living in New Orleans and then Houston after Katrina and now back and forth offer up a portrait of tenacity. Audio of Dr. Sanyika detailing his life is set to crisp black and white images of Sanyika, as well as landscapes, roads, and buildings in Houston and New Orleans, all shot in a style that mashes-up Walker Evans, William Eggleston, Gordon Parks, and whoever it is that shot Beyonce's "Lemonade." Early on, a building with competing graffiti that reads "Push," "Black Lives Matter," and "Fuck the System," frames the film's complex rumination on race from a Civil Rights-era thinker, while a series of shots observe the Astrodome—where Sanyika, like so many others, eventually ended up after being displaced by Katrina—from a distance. It's as if the camera can't bear to look inside, so it just keeps nervously pacing around outside. We also hear Sanyika describe the post-Katrina scene inside as, "a disorganized human jungle." Then his voice calms and he adds that "New Orleans was a social disaster before the storm" and that Katrina just "unmasked the injustices."