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Hurricane Katrina

A Village Called Versailles (Lang Versailles (Vec Sai))

A documentary about Versailles, a community in eastern New Orleans first settled by Vietnamese refugees. After Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents impressively rise to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before most neighborhoods in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. Director, S. Leo Chiang. 2009. 67 min. Awards American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults
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Big Easy to Big Empty: The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans

Reporter Greg Palast investigates the government's management of planning and relief for Hurricane Katrina. On his arrival to view the relief efforts, he discovers the population of New Orleans is minuscule, the reconstruction sparse, suicide rates climbing, and that many citizens have not, or even know how to return to the city that care forgot.

Homelessness Marathon, February 15-16, 2006, Atlanta, Georgia (The Ninth Annual)

A marathon radio program of issues surrounding homelessness in America with interviews and panel discussions by service providers, authors in the field, and homeless persons. This program broadcast from Atlanta, Georgia includes three segments on the experiences of homeless persons during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. 14 sound discs (ca. 14 hrs.)

If God is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise

This follow-up to director Spike Lee's documentary, When the levees broke: a requiem in four acts, focuses on the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, five years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Bookending stories of individual heartache and perseverance are two momentous events: the historic 2010 Super Bowl victory by the New Orleans Saints and the disastrous British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Contents: Disc 1: Feature, Part 1 (ca. 120 min.) -- Special feature: Optional audio feature commentary by Spike Lee ; Disc 2: Feature, Part 2 (ca.

Inside Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina's path and power were known and its arrival was also known. Yet, somehow, when it slammed into the Louisiana coast with Category 4 winds and an equally strong storm surge, no one was prepared for the chaos it unleashed. Using comprehensive analysis of events, hours of government audio tapes, and personal interviews, sheds new light on the fateful decisions of those in charge and the struggles of those fighting to survive its impact. c2005. 92 min.

Killer Hurricane: Anatomy of Katrina

Taking viewers inside the worst natural disaster in recent American history, this program reconstructs major events that unfolded prior to, during, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina's landfall. Beginning with the National Hurricane Center's efforts to track the storm, the video illustrates Katrina's merciless path across the Gulf Coast region in chilling detail.

Land of Opportunity

A character-driven documentary that interweaves the stories of a diverse group of people struggling to rebuild post-Katrina New Orleans. Juxtaposing different perspectives, from urban planners to immigrant workers to public housing residents, we see how the story of this city is the story of urban America. Filmed over a period of five years, this is a ground-level view of a situation that has been widely discussed but rarely seen with such texture and complexity.

Law & Disorder

Behind the enduring images of heroic rescues undertaken by the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there is another story of law enforcement in crisis, even out of control. This year-long, ongoing collaboration among Frontline, ProPublica, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune investigates charges that NOPD officers inappropriately used lethal force against New Orleans citizens and then tried to cover up their actions. Director, Thomas Jennings. Originally broadcast as an episode of Frontline on August 25, 2010. 60 min.

Storm that Drowned a City

Featuring eyewitness testimony, takes an in-depth look at what made Hurricane Katrina so deadly and analyzes how, despite technically sophisticated flood and storm defenses, this event has resulted in unprecedented destruction for the Gulf Coast. In less than 12 hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana coast, leading to more than a thousand deaths and transforming a city of over one million into an uninhabitable swamp.

The Katrina Experience. Disc 1, A Compilation of Short Films

An eye in the storm (USA, 2006, 20 min.) / directed by Neil Alexander -- Still standing (USA, 2006, 7 min.) / directed by Paola Mendoza -- New Orleans furlough (USA, 2006, 10 min.) / directed by Amir Bar-Lev -- After Katrina: rebuilding St. Bernard Parish (USA, 2006, 22 min.) / directed by Adam Finberg. Eye on the storm: A stunning video diary offering up first person accounts that go way beyond the television coverage, beginning from the day the hurricane barreled its way into the lives of New Orleans' residents through their struggles to make sense of the aftermath.