Not having read anything about the movie in advance, while watching the beginning of Beasts of the Southern Wild, I thought the movie was set in a poor village in Africa. It soon became apparent that it was the United States. When levees were mentioned, I knew that the movie was taking place on a small isolated island (that was more like a sandbar) called The Bathtub off the coast of New Orleans. A group of people live on this island away from the rules of the establishment. There's little Hushpuppy (played by the adorable Quvenzhane Wallis) and her alcoholic father Wink. They are among the inhabitants who hone their survival skills in wilds of The Bathtub. The skills are tested when a big storm comes their way and floods the area. I really liked this movie.