When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts is a 2006 documentary film directed by Spike Lee about the devastation of New Orleans, Louisiana following the failure of the levees during Hurricane Katrina. It was filmed in late August and early September 2005, and premiered at the New Orleans Arena on August 16, 2006 and was first aired on HBO the following week. The television premiere aired in two parts on August 21 and 22, 2006 on HBO. It has been described by Sheila Nevins, chief of HBO's documentary unit, as \"one of the most important films HBO has ever made.\" The title is a reference to the blues tune \"When the Levee Breaks\" by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.
Shooting for the film began three months after Hurricane Katrina hit, when Lee and his camera crew took the first of eight trips to New Orleans. They conducted interviews and taped footage for the film. Lee hoped to hear varying opinions of the storm and responses to the storm's destruction. He interviewed nearly 100 people of diverse backgrounds and opinions for his film.
It received a 2006 Peabody Award from the University of Georgia for being an \"epic document of destruction and broken promises and a profound work of art\" and \"an uncompromising analysis of the events that precede and follow Hurricane Katrina's assault on New Orleans\" that \"tells the story with an unparalleled diversity of voices and sources.\"
The film focuses on the suffering of those affected by the disaster and their will to survive. Additionally, it suggests that the disaster in New Orleans was preventable, caused by levees poorly designed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the suffering afterward was compounded by failures at all levels of government, most severely at the State level. These points are in line with mainstream investigations, including the bipartisan U.S. Congressional report, A Failure of Initiative, and the Army Corps of Engineers' own studies.
Director Spike Lee's documentary, WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS, is a harrowing, vivid documentation of the lives of the people affected by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Over four hours, the film uses home video footage, news broadcasts, and interviews with regular people, actors, politicians, and musicians to piece together a living history of the hurricane and the flood caused by inadequate levees and poor government response. There's the man who struggled to get his elderly mom to the Superdome only to watch her die in the heat waiting for buses to arrive. There's the mother who must bury her little girl. There's the police chief, so overwhelmed with his own grief and fear about the safety of his own daughter, who tells people that babies are being raped in the Superdome. Because this is a Spike Lee joint, this documentary is also incendiary, sharing the theories of the city's largely African-American population that the government destroyed the levees in the poor black neighborhood of the Lower Ninth Ward to save richer neighborhoods. It also shares the city's rich African-American history and explains how traumatic it is for African Americans to be torn from their home after generations of their families were ripped apart by slavery.
Families can talk about some of the ideas presented in When the Levees Broke: A Requieum in Four Acts. Do you believe, as some of the residents Lee interviewed do, that the government could have dynamited the levees to save richer neighborhoods How do you think elected officials fared during the crisis
ZHUJI, Zhejiang - Rescuers on rubber boats and fishing vessels delivered bottled water and instant noodles to residents stranded by flood after a bulging river broke through damaged dams and inundated houses in this East China city on Friday.
Unprecedented massive rains have struck Zhuji in central Zhejiang province over the past two weeks, as surging waters broke holes in dikes up to 100 meters long, inundating a number of outlying villages.
On August 28th, Michael D. Brown, president of FEMA, gave an interview to CNN saying that his organization was prepared for the hurricane to hit. Meteorologists were concerned about the force of the storm. Residents discuss when they heard about the storm, how they prepared, and why some decided to stay.
Residents explain that although there is a history of blowing levees to save wealthier districts, this was not the case during Hurricane Katrina. They compare it to Hurricane Betsy in 1965 when it is believed that dynamite was used to intentionally destroy levees.
Eddie Compass describes people gathering at the convention center because of the higher ground. Over 30,000 people waited for buses, medical supplies, and food. Herbert Freeman's mother died; he left a note with his contact information when he was forced to leave her body with others who had died.
The film reveals a fact not commonly known, that the hurricanebreaking through the levees was the equivalent of a category 1 storm. This ispertinent because part of the criminal neglect that exposed so many poor, mostlypeople of color, to flooding, especially in the Ninth Ward, was the shoddy workdone on the levees by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The levees, if builtproperly, were supposed to have withstood up to category 3hurricanes.
Concern over the potential economic and environmental effects of the spill was so great in New Orleans when we surveyed in late June that more people picked the oil spill than Katrina (49% vs. 40%) when asked which calamity ultimately will be more damaging to the region.
Each helicopter crew included a pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, gunner and the pararescue men who would secure the victims and hoist them back into the sweltering hot chopper. The pararescue men would land on a home and break open a hole in the roof to look for survivors when none were visible. Some victims left messages on their roofs, pleading for help.
KALAMAZOO--A 2006 documentary about the devastation of New Orleans due to the failure of the levees during Hurricane Katrina is the final feature in the Ethics Film Series at Western Michigan University. The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Room 212 of the Bernhard Center. Admission is free.
Many people viewed the extreme disorder after Hurricane Katrina as the failure of a comprehensive system of public works and emergency preparedness they assumed was designed to ensure safety and security. No such system exists. The national flood control program began in the late nineteenth century as a series of engineering projects intended to promote economic development and to unify the nation's territory after western expansion and then Civil War. Its public safety protections were limited to partial levee lines in a few cities west of the Appalachian range. As the urgency to integrate territory passed, national unification faded as a justification for the flood control program, and Congress focused on approving engineering projects to promote economic development in specific locations. Concern about public safety from the 1950s on motivated thousands of individual federal projects to create or increase protection in urban and suburban areas, including hurricane levees near New Orleans. (1) Despite decades of building levees and floodways, the grand goals of prosperity and national integration, as well as public safety, have been only partially realized for the lower Mississippi Valley. Hurricane Katrina made this quite clear.
New Orleans was and is a special case. Federal river and hurricane levees have prevented river silt from depositing, causing nearly all of the city's land to compact and sink below the normal water levels of the nearby Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. The city must run pumping stations to remove water from its storm sewer system into drainage canals even after the slightest rainstorm. Katrina's storm surge broke federal hurricane levees and the federal- and city-built floodwalls and levees along drainage canals leading to the lake, easily flooding the city. Although the massive federal levees along the Mississippi River stayed intact during Katrina, these river levees did the most to make the city subside in the first place. The focus here is on the origins of the federal flood control program, which built all of the federal projects. Successive rounds of projects intended to improve the safety of New Orleans and other cities and suburbs have taxed a federal program created to extend farming onto floodplains and to block floods from key downstream port cities that shipped agricultural goods. (2)
The levees broke Monday south of Big Lake and the rush of river water immersed the town on Tuesday, said Mark Sitherwood, presiding commissioner of Holt County. Many of the buildings in town had several feet of water inside, said Holt County Clerk Kathy Kunkel.
This book is all photos and emails from Spielman who did not evacuate, choosing instead to remain in New Orleans and take care of a local monastery when the nuns evacuated. It was interesting to read his perspective on how things unfolded. I remember how bad Nashville was during the 2010 flood, but that only lasted a few weeks. New Orleans was really bad for months, which is hard to imagine. A little annoying that Spielman did not correct his emails, instead publishing them as is. He could have put a little more effort in there. Also, as I read the other books, Spielman got really lucky in how his storm story played out. A lot of people were in a lot worse shape. 153554b96e