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Spike Lee's: When the Levees Broke Pt 1
Date Wednesday February 21
Time 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Details
Hinde Auditorium, Sacramento State Union

CSUS Campus
6001 J Street
Sacramento, Ca 95819
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorPaul Burke
6:30 Previews, 7pm Feature.
Free film, popcorn and soft drinks!
Hinde Auditorium, Sacramento State University Union
Info: 916-391-0737

Film Description:

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 then covers the hurricane itself, showing gut-wrenching pictures of dead bodies and people pleading to be saved, before it settles into a lengthy discourse on the government response to the tragedy.

Celebrities such as CNN's Soledad O'Brien, Sean Penn, and Harry Belafonte all appear, but Lee mainly focuses on the words of those who somehow made it through Katrina and lived to tell the tale. The majority of those people are highly critical of the Bush administration for its poor response, attributing this to the fact that the bulk of the residents affected were African-American.

A powerful and important piece of filmmaking, WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE is an eye-opening account of a catastrophe that could so easily have been avoided.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Feb 13th, 2007 11:26 AM
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