Spike Lee – When the Levees Broke

Spike Lee’s When the Levees BrokeWhen the Levees Broke by Spike Lee

I urge everyone to watch this four part documentary film for a raw portrayal of humanity in modern society.

Spike Lee covers the disastrous series of events that devastated the city of New Orleans and its people; before, during and after hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. It follows the plight of the people and exposes the gross incompetence of the various governments and the powerful, from local to federal level.

Spike LeeSpike Lee in New Orleans

This documentary will fill you with a sense of overwhelming vulnerability and foreboding. I didn’t think I would ever actually see footage of extremely exhausted and desperate American citizens, fleeing a devastated city, come face to face with the U.S. armed forces, lined up on a state line and refusing entry, sanctuary and aid. It’s like something you see in a post-apocalyptic Hollywood blockbuster. Spike Lee seems to capture the heartbreak of the citizens without implementing bias. Amazingly the footage starts from before the event, when many didn’t believe that this time would be ‘the big one’, right through to the ongoing frustrations of those relocated against their will, years later.

There are people to admire in this film too. I have a new found respect for Sean Penn, as one of many people on the ground putting themselves at great risk to try to save residents, when no outside aid came, days after the disaster.

This is one of the most shocking documentaries I’ve seen. You will find it hard watching, but impossible to turn away.

When the Levees Broke

When the Levees Broke by Spike Lee

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