23 August 2006

Don't Believe the Hype - About Spike Lee's Documentary

I was worried last week about Spike Lee's Documentary - When The Levees Broke. People were saying that it was only about one race, one part of New Orleans, and didn't represent a true cross section of our City. After splitting time between Monday Night's Saints preseason game when the first 2 acts were shown on HBO, I watched the entire second half (Acts 3 and 4) of the documentary last night. Yes, there were a few things that I was embarrassed for the rest of the nation to see and hear from our residents. But overall, I feel as if it was a win-win for our City. There are things/images/clips that I haven't seen, and I've been living with the trauma of a one year evacuation. First, with a pregnant wife. Later with a new born. And now, with ongoing rebuilding frustrations. We're still evacuated and haven't returned to our home in Mid City - YET. In a nutshell, I feel as if my family's strife and problems with local, state, and federal governments was well represented by the documentary. I only hope that Spike Lee doesn't end the series with Act 4 because the story is still developing - especially for those of us directly experiencing the aftermath, and haven't been made whole by the insurance companies we have been funding all of our lives. I'm curious to hear other locals reactions to the documentary. Especially people who were significantly affected by the aftermath. I really don't care who brings the specifics of life after KTMB to the national forefront. This all still feels like a bad dream, but how can you not want the rest of the world to know about our reality?

TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Spike Lee, When The Levees Broke, Documentary


At August 23, 2006 3:18 PM, Anonymous Karen said...

I thought he fairly presented the event.
This morning I was talking to my roofer who lived in Violet. He is a Sportsman and knows that area like the back of his hand. He was in the Schwegmans Parking Lot with his family for a week.

He swears the Levees were blown, bets his life on it.

So who knows..

At August 23, 2006 4:11 PM, Blogger Paul S. Pierce said...

Of course they were blown - blown apart by a whole bunch of water and a big barge.

Why is this the only part that people seem to take away from this documentary?

The title says it all "When the Levees Broke" not "Oh yeah, some of dem JP police officahs went underwater in scuba gear and Blew up Dem Levees"

Give me a break. The people who believe the 9th ward levees were dynamited simply don't trust their government for a host of reasons. You can't blame them for feeling that way - Spike Lee just let them speak too.

At August 23, 2006 9:31 PM, Blogger Mike Ferg said...

Yes what about Harry Lee and his lawless thugs keeping people out, now look at all the crime is having now?

At August 23, 2006 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it was blown, it was blown by the secret society of the otters. They are a local group composed of the Orleans levee board.

At August 29, 2006 3:45 PM, Anonymous Martin Blake said...

O.K. I'm a died in the wool activist-liberal who points the finger directly at the top of the chain - the White House - for the Pre-and Post-Katrina death and destruction.

HOWEVER - - do people just like to blame authorities on absolutely everything that goes wrong with our country?? Even with virtually no evidence?
If the levees were deliberately destroyed, which would change EVERYTHING about federal response, accountability, the flow of public monies, American's "trust" in government, the rebuilding strategy, etc. etc. etc. -- it is incumbent on the accusers to explain HOW this happened. Not just to accuse and create an atmosphere of suspicion and paranoia and resentment.
In other words: WHO did it, WHEN did they do it, WHY did they do it, WHERE did they do it, and exactly HOW did they do it? That takes hard science and investigation.

Until that is really known and proven, I'm going with the natural scenario. Because there's still a whole world of "resentment", political action and accountability to go around without that hypothesis. Anything less than that is wasting our time and diverting us from the work of protesting the current Administration, getting Spike's film seen by everyone, protesting and advocating for rebuilding the poor sections of town, fund-raising for progressives, and impeachment proceedings.......

At August 31, 2006 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I 'enjoyed' it and thought it was well done overall...although it brought out more emotion that I thought it would.

Lived in NOLA for 11 years. Moved back in early November 06 to minimal damage (live right by the river) and thought it was a nice big picture of the event and its aftermath.

Seeing Mitchell Landrieu essentially deny that the Gretna police kept people on the East Bank of the Miss. River Bridge made me happy that he is not our mayor. It was shameful for him to talk around one of the most embarrassing things that our own law enforcement pulled.


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