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08.17
06

Spike Lee Hurricane Katrina Documentary To Premiere On HBO

by West ·

Spike LeeMonday marks the premiere of Spike Lee’s Hurricane Katrina disaster HBO documentary “When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Parts” and as New Orleans’ Times-Picayune reports many people are presently living this tragedy a year after the fact.

“I know it’s going to be hard to watch,” said Florence, who was among 7,000 people who attended Wednesday’s premiere. “But I’m angry, and I know Spike Lee is angry, and I know it’s important to watch. I think we all should see this.”

“Building on that sentiment, New Orleans City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell said she hoped the film would remind viewers of the failure of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to prevent the catastrophe or to react quickly once it had occurred.”

Although many people say the film focuses too much on one area – the predominantly black and poor 9th Ward – Lee brings up the compelling fact that many people believe the levees in that area were intentionally blown up by authorities after the hurricane in order to save more affluent neighborhoods.

What’s even more eye-opening is the fact that the New York Times is still covering this tragedy; almost a year after the storm hit, the story is still unfolding.

New York Times Hurricane Katrina coverage

New Orleans’ Times-Picayune