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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

When the Levees Broke - Spike Lee's documentary on New Orleans

Watched Part 1 of Spike Lee’s "When the Levees Broke" which is billed as a requiem for New Orleans last night on BBC 4. I strongly recommend it and I will be watching Part 2 tonight at 9pm on the same channel.

Lee says he knew he had to make a documentary on the flooding of the city during Katrina when he watched reports of it on the news while in Italy. "I just couldn't believe this was happening right now in America. It was one of those moments where you know someone will ask you years from now, 'Where were you when Katrina happened?' "

What went on there was terrible. People sat on their hands while people drowned and there was bickering over city powers, state powers and federal powers though the Mayor of New Orleans Nagin comes across well. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was shoe shopping during the crisis, do not.

If Part 2 is half as good as the first two hours (Yes! It’s four hours long) then it is one of the best documentaries I have seen in years. Though I do believe that Lee’s documentary promotes the idea that certain parts of New Orleans were flooded deliberately. Just have to wait and see.

I will report back tomorrow.

1 comment:

Political Quote said...

Yes the second part was as good as the first.

It is a terrible example of Bush's Presidency. The buck stops with him.

I do think that if this had happened in another city it would have been treated differently by the Federal Government.

I think Mayor Nagin comes across well.

It is time to bring all those people back to New Orleans, time to rebuild the city and the culture.

Excellent documentary, watch it if you can.

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