Say what you will about Spike Lee, he IS a brilliant film maker and his work inspires emotional reactions that spark much debate, which is perfect in documentary film. I personally think he's done some incredible work, in particular 4 Little Girls and Malcolm X, both of which I highly recommend - particularly if you're non-white, and especially if you are white.
Lee is in my opinion a truth visionary, one I share a commonality with. Holding the truth up to the light of scrutiny for all to see, and letting folks decide how they feel about it. Several will deny and not want to believe, but here's what's great about that kind of challenge to the truth - get enough people aware of it, and it is harder to deny. In that statement alone, I'm reminded of Charles Provan. Here's a man who, along with many other like minded hatemongers in his circle at the time, denied the holocaust ever happened like it was some sort of Zionist conspiracy. All it really took was rudimentary science and the truth became clear for him. Now he devotes much time and energy towards the truth in what really happened during the holocaust and the travesty of denial. Read more about how this holocaust denier turned onto the truth.
Spike Lee has created a film for HBO called When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Part 1 airs tomorrow, part 2 on Tuesday. The entire 4 hour film airs on the 29th, the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Lee addresses the realities of what happened to New Orleans, starting with this: it was not Katrina that drowned the city - it was the breaching of the levees.
As the world watched in horror, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Like many who watched the unfolding drama on television news, director Spike Lee was shocked not only by the scale of the disaster, but by the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery effort. Lee was moved to document this modern American tragedy, a morality play witnessed by people all around the world. The result is WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS. The film is structured in four acts, each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans.I know that it was the entirety of the Gulf Coast and the lives of its inhabitants that were left in ruins, but New Orleans was in many ways the actual Ground Zero for what happened and the general response failures.
I will watch and I will continue to blog on this subject. I have saved a ton of video news clips and such and will be uploading them as well for a forthcoming post.
More on the film at here.