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When The Levees Broke

When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

Directed by Spike Lee
United States, 2006
Documentary, TV Mini-series


This intimate, heart-rending portrait of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina tells the heartbreaking personal stories of those who endured this harrowing ordeal and survived to tell the tale of misery, despair and triumph.

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When The Levees Broke Directed by Spike Lee

Critics reviews

Lee was bearing witness to a wound that was still bleeding, and his film is a traumatized cry for help, for change, for a national reckoning. It’s a work of agitation, not quite propagandistic but certainly designed to have an effect beyond itself as it levels pointed critiques at the lax George W. Bush administration, lethally inept Army Corps of Engineers, and weaselly insurance companies.
August 31, 2015
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The experience as a whole is so powerful that I’m tempted to call this over four-hour documentary Lee’s masterpiece to date. For its remarkable cast of characters, its comprehensive and even epic treatment of a major catastrophe in all its multidimensional aspects, for its political and ethical clarity (as well as its focused and wholly justifiable anger), and above all, for its soul, it shows a maturity and balance that may be unparalleled in Lee’s work.
January 01, 2007
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