HBO Airs Spike Lee's New Documentary This Week

By Kelly West 2006-08-20 00:00:00 discussion comments
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Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee’s new documentary ‘When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts’ is set to premiere Monday night on HBO. The film will deal mainly with the events that took place after Hurricane Katrina and how the government handled the situation.

HBO describes the film on its website as:

This intimate, heart-rending portrait of New Orleans in the wake of the destruction tells the heartbreaking personal stories of those who endured this harrowing ordeal and survived to tell the tale of misery, despair and triumph.

The film also looks at a community that has been through hell and back, surviving death, devastation and disease at every turn. Yet, somehow, amidst the ruins, the people of New Orleans are finding new hope and strength as the city rises from the ashes, buoyed by their own resilience and a rich cultural legacy.


Lee is not alone in being disappointed in how the government responded to the catastrophe that was Katrina. Many people throughout the country felt the government could have done more to help to victims, many of which lost everything in the hurricane.

The film is four hours with the first part airing Monday and part 2 airing on Tuesday night at 9 pm.
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