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When the Levees Broke

DVD

4 episodes, 64 minutes each, on 3 DVDs
Source: HBO Films

Director Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke is a documentary about Hurricane Katrina, which tore through the Gulf Coast region of the United States in August 2005. The film relies primarily on interviews with the people who lived through the storm, with the occasional use of archival cable and broadcast news footage in addition to Lee's own footage. It documents distinct and varied perspectives on the pivotal events that preceded and followed Hurricane Katrina's passage through New Orleans, a catastrophe that put in stark relief the race and class divide in America.

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