Monday, August 21, 2006

‘When the Levees Broke’: Spike Lee’s Tales From a Broken City

Stephen Holden in the new york times

A powerful chorus of witnesses and talking heads that cuts across racial and class lines was assembled for the four-hour film, to be shown tonight and tomorrow on HBO in two-hour blocks. Although seeds of hope are woven into this tapestry of rage, sorrow and disbelief, the inability of government at almost every level to act quickly and decisively leaves you aghast at what amounts to a collective failure of will.

The sights, familiar from television, are as shocking as ever: people stranded on rooftops waving signs pleading for help from passing helicopters and the thousands herded into the Superdome, which over several days turned into a giant, leaky sewer. Saddest of all are the personal stories of people who lost loved ones in the flood that inundated 80 percent of the city, leaving large sections looking like a bombed-out war zone. The sheer volume of suffering and misery chronicled by the film is crushing.

We hear horror stories of the ailing and elderly whose bodies were discovered by family members returning to their devastated homes. At the end of one chapter the film shows corpses, some covered, some not, left on the street to rot. (read entire article)


At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spike Lee did a great job of telling the story of the days following Katrina the 5 part series had my breath taken. It is so sad that in this day of age we the USA, America ...with liberty and JUSTICE for all, would allow or even accept that such devastation, pain, death, sorrow, and just out right cruelty could go on. After watching this piece I felt selfish for the complaints that come out of my mouth. And I was embarrassed to be an American. Everyone that has suffered directly as a result of this tragedy I say "I care, and you are on my prayers" Thank you Spike


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