With a runtime of over four hours, this HBO-produced Spike Lee documentary is the definitive word on Hurricane Katrina. Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, causing the levees that had previously kept the city from flooding to burst, which led to death, destruction, and homelessness on an alarming scale. Lee carefully plots the buildup to the hurricane, using many of the key figures in the city--such as mayor Ray Nagin and local radio show hosts--to outline the warnings given to residents.
"The film is fueled by rage over inadequate federal response, but what you'll remember is the valor and humor of the people of New Orleans, determined to rebuild..."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE may be the most evocative, deftly told, and important four hours to his credit." -- Grade: A
- Alynda Wheat, Entertainment Weekly