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Monday, 23 August 2010

If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise - Spike Lee and the aftermath of the aftermath

When The Levee's Broke: A Requiem in four parts was director Spike Lee's interpretation of the tragic events in and around New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005. The resulting documentary was an emotional journey through the lives torn apart, not just by the storm but by the monumental fuck up that was the US governments response to the Hurricane and the immediate years post Katrina. An incredibly emotive piece of documentary filmmaking, portraying the anger, grief and despair of the people affected the most by the disaster and as a result showing the shoddy infer structure of the institutions that are supposed to help the people and the ignorance and stupidity of those individuals who head them.

Although the events of Katrina were tragic and horric, When The Levee's Broke still managed to highlight the positive aspects of New Orleans, it's culture and it's people. Spike Lee's documentary proved to be an incredibly well rounded piece of documentary filmmaking.

Now five years later, Spike Lee and crew have returned to New Orleans with a follow up If God's Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise. The recent BP Gulf oil spill was a truly tragic's an interview with Spike talking about the project...


If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise is starting HBO real doubt it will make it way to other outlets in the near future....

A while back I posted something about New Orleans featuring When The Levee's Broke, Hot 8 Brass Band and Black Lips...HAVE A LOOK

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