On Fire Drill Fridays Movie Nights we come together (virtually) to watch a film with themes of climate change and activism. Jane Fonda and the Fire Drill Fridays community recently watched When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts is a 2006 documentary film directed by Spike Lee about the devastation of New Orleans, Louisiana following the failure of the levees during Hurricane Katrina.
Watch Jane’s Q&A with Director Spike Lee!
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts is based on news video footage and still photos of Katrina and its aftermath, interspersed with interviews. Interviewees include politicians, journalists, historians, engineers, and many residents of various parts of New Orleans and the surrounding areas, who give first hand accounts of their experiences with the levee failures and the aftermath.
Spike Lee said about the documentary, “New Orleans is fighting for its life. These are not people who will disappear quietly — they’re accustomed to hardship and slights, and they’ll fight for New Orleans. This film will showcase the struggle for New Orleans by focusing on the profound loss, as well as the indomitable spirit of New Orleanians.”
When the Levees Broke won three Emmys and received a Peabody Award.
Spike Lee is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and professor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced more than 35 films since 1983. He made his directorial debut with She’s Gotta Have It and has since written and directed such films as Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, 25th Hour, BlacKKKlansman, and Da 5 Bloods.
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