On august 29, 2005, there were over 50 failures of the levees and flood walls protecting new orleans, louisiana, and its suburbs following passage of hurricane katrina and landfall in mississippi. The title of phyllis montanaleblancs not just the levees broke is derived from spike lees documentary about katrina. A requiem in four acts unfolds on an operatic scale it airs on hbo. Conspiracy theories about katrina flourished almost immediately, and remain prevalent to this day. As the nation marks the 10year anniversary of hurricane katrina, explore three different frontline documentaries about the disaster, its lingering. A requiem in four acts is a 2006 documentary film directed by spike lee about the devastation of new orleans, louisiana following the failure of the levees during hurricane katrina. Abstract spike lees documentary about the hurricane katrina disaster in new orleans is a harrowing. Failures of the system began even before hurricane katrina made landfall, with overtopping of the mississippi rivergulf outlet levees and flooding of parts of st.
Documentary films about hurricane katrina wikipedia. Over the course of four hourlong acts plus, for this dvd, a newly filmed fifth act, lee chronicles the devastation wrought not just by 2005s hurricane katrina but also by illprepared, inefficient, and seemingly indifferent. This documentary youre sure to enjoy and itll probably make you think. These are designed to withstand a category three hurricane, but when katrina a category four storm hit, they were quickly overwhelmed. When all is said and done, when the levees broke is a stunning but flawed portrait of a horrific disaster that befell a great american citya city which, as of this date, has yet to begin a significant recovery and which will very likely never again be the new orleans of legend and song. On that same day, katrina caused 53 different levee breaches in greater new orleans, spilling the waters of lake pontchartrain into the city and flooding an overwhelming majority of new orleans. Aug 26, 2015 as the nation marks the 10year anniversary of hurricane katrina, explore three different frontline documentaries about the disaster, its lingering aftermath and lessons learned from the storm. In 1927, the mississippi river swelled under heavy rains, charging through a line of levees and flooding an area the size of ireland. Hurricane katrina dvd documentary, from miami to new orleans and biloxi. A poem montanaleblanc had written the night before lee paid her a final visit in her fema trailer gave him the ending to his work. Spike lee turned his focus in an epic way not seen since malcom x on to the fiasco of katrina, and it was cathartic and engaging and enraging on a level few documentaries in recent memory can be. My story during and after hurricane katrina kindle edition by montanaleblanc, phyllis, lee, spike.
Aug 22, 2006 the fourhour documentary will air in its entirety at 8 p. Among those featured is new orleans native herbert freeman jr. When the levees broke 2006 a spike lee joint about. It was filmed in late august and early september 2005, and premiered at the new orleans arena on august 16, 2006 and was first aired on hbo the following week. Aug 28, 2015 hurricane katrina hit the gulf coast on august 29, 2005, wreaking destruction from central florida to texas. With calvin mackie, mitch landrieu, jacques morial, fred johnson. When the levees broke part 1 2006 new orleans youtube. An oftenrepeated truth about hurricane katrina is that the events of august 29, 2005 were not a natural disaster they were a manmade disaster caused by the failure of levee systems designed.
Everett collection this week marks a decade since hurricane katrina. Everett collection this week marks a decade since hurricane katrina ravaged the city of new orleans, flooding the. Spike lees fourhour hbo documentary film when the levees broke about hurricane katrina and its aftermath uses the tragic events around. He is showing his featurelength hurricane katrina documentary, the big uneasy, in theaters on august 30, for one night only. Hurricane katrina hit the gulf coast on august 29, 2005, wreaking destruction from central florida to texas. America is not a democracy is not black and white its rich and poor.
Director spike lees documentary, when the levees broke. New orleans hurricane katrina levee failures failure case. A hardpartying couple, one of them an iraq vet, improvised a charming life in the french quarter along with fellow survivalists after hurricane katrina. The canals were backed up with water from the storm surge coming from lake pontchartrain.
The levees in this area are about 14 feet, but the water inside the canals was only at 8. Over four hours, the film uses home video footage, news broadcasts, and interviews with regular people, actors, politicians, and musicians to piece together. Hurricane katrina made landfall in louisiana on the morning of august 29, 2005. Efforts to revive new orleans get back in gear nbc news. Hurricane katrina remains one of the worst natural disasters to occur on u. When the levees broke 2006 a spike lee joint about hurricane katrina. The story of new orleans during katrina touches on both of these subjects immensely.
Its s pleasure to share it publicly for everyone to see. If god is willing and da creek dont rise tv miniseries. New orleans hurricane katrina levee failures failure. When the levees broke unleashes a torrent of anguish. Spike lees fourpart hbo documentary event that recounts the devastation wrought by hurricane katrina on the city of new orleans in 2005. A hurricane katrina murder mystery the daily beast. The documentary is a heartwrenching medley of eyewitness accounts, video news footage, and photographs of the destruction that mix together in a way that shows lees dissatisfaction with what happened during katrina. Documentary on the devastation of hurricane katrina. Over four hours, the film uses home video footage, news broadcasts, and interviews with regular people, actors, politicians, and musicians to piece together a living history of the hurricane and the.
The fourhour documentary will air in its entirety at 8 p. But hurricane katrina s winds pushed in a devastating surge of water from the gulf of mexico that. A requiem in four acts hbo imdb documental usa 2006 240. Sep 01, 2005 katrina is not the first massive storm to test the lake pontchartrain basin levees. The real problems begin after katrina makes landfall on august 29, 2005. Hbo calls it one of the most important films they have ever made. Pdf spike lees fourhour hbo documentary film when the levees broke about hurricane katrina and its aftermath uses the tragic events around the storm. The films i most eagerly look forward to will not be documentaries but.
Aug 28, 2015 when the levees broke, water rushed into new orleans a city almost entirely below lake level. In 2005, new orleans made international news when hurricane katrina breached its levees. When the levees broke hbo katrina documentary this file contains parts 1,2,3,4. If god is willing and da creek dont rise 2010 directed. Get this torrent playstream torrent problems with magnets links are fixed by upgrading your torrent client. Free when the levees broke hurricane katrina essay. Displaced new orleaneans crowd into the superdome, soon to become a living hell for those stuck there. The levees broke and so did the bulwarks that protected the president. And theres paris ervin, a university of new orleans student, who fled hurricane katrina but left behind his mother. Aug 17, 2008 it did not help the emerging genre of hurricane katrina cinema that the first responder appeared in many ways to have the last word. Agony of new orleans, through spike lees eyes the new. Fresh eyewitness accounts reveal what really happened to those left behind, and how crucial forensic evidence was simply washed away. But hurricane katrinas winds pushed in a devastating surge of water from the gulf of mexico that. In addition to revisiting the hours leading up to the arrival of katrina, a category 5 hurricane before it hit the coast of louisiana, when the levees broke.
The levees broke 2006 and the eyewitness documentary trouble the water 2008. Levee system not designed for stronger storms nbc news. In 2006, director spike lee created an astonishing record of the cataclysmic effects of hurricane katrina on the city of new orleans with his epic awardwinning documentary, when the levees broke. In new orleans, the levees were designed for category 3, but katrina peaked at a category 5 hurricane, with winds up to 175 mph. Sep 07, 2005 hurricane storm surges have resulted in limited flooding of the city of new orleans before. Tens of billions of gallons of water spilled into vast areas of new orleans, flooding over 100,000 homes and businesses. Pages in category documentary films about hurricane katrina the following 14 pages are in this category, out of 14 total. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading not just the levees broke. A decade after hurricane katrina, the army corps of engineers talk about the changes the city of new orleans has made to strengthen the surrounding areas levees. About the levees broke katrina this is jays songlength commentary on hurricane katrina, which ravaged new orleans, his hometown and other parts of the louisiana, and the government. When the levees broke is one of the monumental outcries of injustice and searing documents of an era and place and people in the movies. Set in new orleans in the aftermath of hurricane katrina, low and behold.
Five years later, lee returns to new orleans, to see how the ambitious plans to reinvent the crescent city were playing out. Then theres katrina as evidence of racism, social disparity, and economic inequity. Manmade embankments are an ancient technology, modeled from nature. Thats a bold idea, and goes a large way toward explaining why lee takes four hours to tell his story. Corruption is ramped in america and the fact is most people in government deserve jail more than most inmates. The teams found that outside the city, many dozens of levees were overtopped by waters from lakes and rivers, which were at abnormally high levels because of the winds and pressure of the hurricane. A requiem in four acts tells the personal stories of those who lived to tell about it, at the same time exploring the underbelly of a nation where the divide along race and class lines has never been more pronounced. As bushs own pollster put it, katrina to me was the tipping point. The levees in this area are about 14 feet, but the water inside the canals was. Caught on camera channel four uk tv thursday 26 august 2010. On august 29, 2005, hurricane katrina made landfall in. It did not help the emerging genre of hurricane katrina cinema that the first responder appeared in many ways to have the last word.
A requiem in four acts, is a harrowing, vivid documentation of the lives of the people affected by hurricane katrina in new orleans. If god is willing and da creek dont rise 2010 directed by. The storm produced sustained winds of up 125 mph when it hit that morning. Aug 03, 2006 not just the levees broke, she says in the film. Responsibility for the design and construction of the levee system belongs to t. The levee and flood wall failures caused flooding in 80% of new orleans and all of st. In the aftermath of hurricane katrina, while thousands fled new orleans, the citys prisoners were trapped. Murrows harvest of shame as an unflinching document of a national disgrace. While i undertook the task of writing my account of the flood, the great deluge, my friend spike lee arrived in town with camera crews to make his searing hbo documentary, when the levees broke. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Spike lees when the levees broke is a television milestone that ranks with edward r. Five myths about new orleans and hurricane katrina.
Areas of new orleans newly flooded by hurricane rita could be pumped dry again within a week after levee damage is repaired, far sooner than initially predicted, a u. Hurricane storm surges have resulted in limited flooding of the city of new orleans before. Hurricane katrina and its aftermath mostly have slipped from the front pages of newspapers and the top slot on the evening news. Five myths about hurricane katrina the washington post. America is now bankrupt due to wallstreet corruption,illegal wars,illegal occupation,over 150 bases around the world and other reasons like the fed printing money thats not worth the paper its printed on. Katrina is not the first massive storm to test the lake pontchartrain basin levees. When the levees broke, water rushed into new orleans a city almost entirely below lake level. Hurricane katrina was the largest and 3rd strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the us. At one point along the 17 th street canal and at two points along the london avenue canal, the levees were not overtopped but failed. Agony of new orleans, through spike lees eyes the new york. Oct 29, 2012 hurricane katrina remains one of the worst natural disasters to occur on u. Founder sandy rosenthal prepared this power point for rosalind blanco cooks autumn semester 2015 class at tulane university on the subject of the politics of hurricane katrina.934 1101 79 1268 249 237 509 1425 51 1040 23 1564 1080 142 1154 1107 889 41 888 240 595 329 417 836 706 487 29 466 111 1134 910 155 438 115 306 1006 404