Spike Lee Travels to Haiti for His Follow-Up to WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE

     June 2, 2010

Director Spike Lee is currently filming in Haiti for his follow-up documentary to his powerful 2006 two-part film When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.  For those who haven’t seen it, Levees focuses on the entirety of the Katrina tragedy, covering the devastation wreaked by the hurricane, the government’s delayed and incompetent response, why the Levees failed, and finally the attempts to rebuild New Orleans.  When asked by TOH why Lee was traveling to Haiti, producer Jon Kilik responded: “You’ll get it when you see it.”

Speaking to a crowd at Northern Arizona University this past January, Lee voiced his concern that “Like in New Orleans, the people of Haiti are worried that once the glare of the worldwide media is gone that they will be left behind.”  He also wondered if the impoverished country will ever be rebuilt: “Whereas New Orleans was built back slowly, in Haiti, who knows?”

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