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