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If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise 

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In 2006, director Spike Lee created an astonishing record of the cataclysmic effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans with his epic award-winning documentary, When the Levees... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Calvin Mackie Calvin Mackie ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Mitch Landrieu ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Jacques Morial Jacques Morial ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Fred Johnson Fred Johnson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Tanya Harris Tanya Harris ...  Herself - Community Organizer 2 episodes, 2010
Ray Nagin Ray Nagin ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Tracie L. Washington Tracie L. Washington ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2010
Garland Robinette Garland Robinette ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Kathleen Blanco Kathleen Blanco ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2010
Douglas Brinkley ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
M. Endesha Juakali M. Endesha Juakali ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Phyllis Montana LeBlanc ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2010
Ned Sublette Ned Sublette ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Robert Tannen Robert Tannen ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Karen Carter Karen Carter ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2010
Ben Marble Ben Marble ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Mary Howell Mary Howell ...  Herself - Attorney 2 episodes, 2010
Anderson Cooper ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Brad Pitt ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Russel Honore Russel Honore ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Joseph Bruno Joseph Bruno ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2010
Gralen Bryant Banks ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
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Ivor Van Heerden Ivor Van Heerden ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Mary Landrieu Mary Landrieu ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2010
Joseph Cao Joseph Cao ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2010
Sandra Stokes Sandra Stokes ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 2010


In 2006, director Spike Lee created an astonishing record of the cataclysmic effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans with his epic award-winning documentary, When the Levees Broke. Five years later, Lee returns to New Orleans, to see how the ambitious plans to reinvent the Crescent City were playing out. He finds a patchwork of hope and heartache just as a new disaster unfolds. The four-hour documentary is a continuation of the heart-rending story of destruction and rebirth of America's most unique city. Written by HBO Publicity

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Worth The Watch
28 August 2010 | by ptcanSee all my reviews

When the Levees Broke is going to be viewed as one of the great documentaries so I was eager to watch this one. Unlike many people I have enjoyed Spike Lee's films over the years. I don't always agree with him but he is one of the few American directors today doing anything though provoking.

His segments on BP were really the strongest and most compelling. He probably could have done a two or three part film: one documenting police corruption in NOLA which was legendary prior to Katrina and one about the BP disaster which taught us that when a mega corp screws up we really are impotent. I think he over stretched on Haiti. That could have also been another documentary. Spike Lee is a man with a point of view but he lets his subjects speak for themselves and weirdly enough I found Micheal Brown less the villain than I would have thought. Of course he was self justifying. Wouldn't we all in his position.

Worth watching. Kudos to HBO for even slapping documentaries on during prime time.

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