When the Levees Broke

  • Tribute to Sam Pollard
  • Spike Lee

This harrowing account of the devastation wrought upon New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 marks one of Spike Lee and Sam Pollard’s most humanist and politically urgent collaborations. Pollard, who had worked with Lee on such films as 4 Little Girls, Clockers, and Bamboozled, produced and edited this sweeping portrait of New Orleans residents grappling with the unfathomable damage done to their city by the grand-scale levee failures that occurred during the hurricane. The survivors struggle to piece their lives back together as federal support proves inadequate; but, as _When the Levees Broke _demonstrates, the spirit of New Orleans is indomitable, and the film presents an image of a city that has experienced unthinkable disaster and yet refuses to stay down for the count.

Director

Spike Lee

Program Features

2h 9m
Parts 1 & 2

Parts 1 & 2 of Spike Lee’s sweeping account of the devastation wrought upon New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.

2h 10m
Parts 3 & 4

Parts 3 & 4 of Spike Lee’s sweeping account of the devastation wrought upon New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.

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