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When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts -- A never-before-seen chapter in Spike Lee's HBO documentary event that recounts the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005.


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13 December 2006 (Finland) See more »
An American Tragedy
An examination of the U.S. government's role and its response to Hurricane Katrina. Full summary »
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 104)
Darleen Asevedo ... Herself (unknown episodes)

Series Directed by
Spike Lee (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Produced by
Jacqueline Glover .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Spike Lee .... producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Samuel D. Pollard .... producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Butch Robinson .... line producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Original Music by
Terence Blanchard (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Cliff Charles (4 episodes, 2006)
Series Film Editing by
Geeta Gandbhir (4 episodes, 2006)
Nancy Novack (4 episodes, 2006)
Series Production Management
Hélio Bodini .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Bob Chefalas .... re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 2006)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (4 episodes, 2006)
Stuart Deutsch .... production sound mixer (4 episodes, 2006)
Charles R. Hunt .... production sound mixer (4 episodes, 2006)
Ken Ishii .... production sound mixer (4 episodes, 2006)
Fred Rosenberg .... supervising sound editor (4 episodes, 2006)
Bo Walker .... production sound mixer (4 episodes, 2006)
Allan Zaleski .... sound effects editor (4 episodes, 2006)
Lawrence Loewinger .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Visual Effects by
J. John Corbett .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Benjamin Murray .... digital effects artist (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
David Lee .... still photographer (2 episodes, 2006)

Ethan Borsuk .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Brian Paul Carlson .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Lamont Crawford .... key grip: New York (unknown episodes)
Nicholas Hahn .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Penelope Helmer .... camera loader (unknown episodes)
Tommy Maddox-Upshaw .... camera operator / gaffer (unknown episodes)
Natalia Quintana .... camera loader: day player (unknown episodes)
Jonathan E. Robinson .... film loader (unknown episodes)
Ricardo Sarmiento .... camera operator: second unit (unknown episodes)
Pierson Silver .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Waris Supanpong .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Jeff Taylor .... second assistant camera: "b" camera: day player (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Samuel D. Pollard .... supervising editor (4 episodes, 2006)
Daniel Oh .... post-production intern (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Music Department
Marvin R. Morris .... music editor (4 episodes, 2006)
Derrick Hodge .... musician (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Other crew
Bryan W. Carpenter .... executive protection: Global Tactical Services (5 episodes, 2006-2007)
Mahalia Cohen .... production intern (2 episodes, 2006)
Eden Marie Picazo .... archival intern (2 episodes, 2006)
Carmen L. Scott .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2006)

John Baker .... assistant: producer (unknown episodes, 2006)
Judy Aley .... research and clearance (unknown episodes)
Les Arceneaux .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Nathan A. Aronson .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Patrick Barnes .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Mike Brown .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Eleanor Burke .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Robin Chambless .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Batou Chandler .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Lowell Freedman .... set production assistant: New York (unknown episodes)
Edward Holub .... additional footage (unknown episodes)
Marquette Jones .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Eli Akira Kaufman .... intern (unknown episodes)
Cinqué Lee .... video archivist (unknown episodes)
Tara Linn .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
A. Sayeeda Moreno .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Lucy Mulloy .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Jessica C. Nolfo .... researcher (unknown episodes)
Dee Rees .... intern (unknown episodes)
Safiya Songhai .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
James L. Bills .... acknowledgment: additional footage provided by (unknown episodes)
Burton Chatelain Jr. .... acknowledgment: footage courtesy of (unknown episodes)

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Also Known As:
"When the Levees Broke" - USA (short title)
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255 min (2 parts)
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79 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Native New Orleanian: see this movie!, 19 August 2006
Author: juleyda from New Orleans

I saw this four-hour documentary here in the city, in an arena with about 8000 other locals (I was born and raised here and this is my first visit since Katrina). It was beautiful and had me crying from the opening montage, with the incredibly beautiful New Orleans music and Blanchard's haunting score. The point of the movie seemed to me to document the horrors and outrages that the human beings in the NOLA area had to survive (as Lee said introducing the movie, be sure you have a box of Kleenex), as well as their inimitable humor and love of life that has so far been the ONLY thing to sustain the city. In the nightmare aftermath of insurance ripoffs, government incompetence and stinginess, and frequent scorn and betrayal by other "Americans," we New Orleanians now know that we have NOBODY to rely on but ourselves and each other. And after watching this movie, I am beginning to have faith that that might actually be enough. Because we are strong, resourceful, loving, fun, proud, badass people. And to his enormous credit, Spike Lee totally gets us and has really captured the soul of the city itself: its priceless daughters and sons. All of us.

Our local rag, the Times-Picayune, published a racist and misleading review of the movie on the day it was going to be screened, basically saying it only portrayed the black experience of Katrina, whatever that means. Many white people I know didn't want to see it, based on this, which is a horrible mistake. Some of Lee's movies are provocative representations of race relations; this one IS NOT, or at least, not in that sense. Please don't fall for that--the documentary shows many different views, and of course not all "black" views are the same either, as we see, for example, in the astute critique of Condi Rice's shoe shopping jaunt. Racism is certainly an issue in discussing Katrina, but this movie doesn't endorse divisiveness at all.

I think we in the US, or at least in NOLA, ought to know better than to think that we can only relate to people who look like us. I wept for and laughed and cheered almost all the interviewees in the movie, whatever their skin color. The white women in St. Bernard and the black folks from the Lower Nine, the white guy from Uptown and the creoles from around the city. Even the rich couple from Park Island, who reminded my husband of Lovey and Thuston Howell. We are all affected by the events of Katrina, not in the same ways, but that's why this movie can help us. We can see many different Katrina stories and get a bit more sense of the scope and scale of this disaster. I grew up in Gentilly Woods so I identified most with the family in Pontchartrain Park, a few blocks north, even though I'm white and they're black. Go figure.

The bigger point is, white people need to stop freaking out about race and whether NOLA is a "chocolate city" or not, and look at the real problems: the wetlands, the federal, state, and local neglect of the levees, and the problems that preceded: education, economy, infrastructure. Those affect everyone in the city, and people outside NOLA should take heed, these are not just our problems either. This could happen to you.

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