The Man-Made Disaster Known As Hurricane Katrina

Back-to-back documentaries coming up on the causes and after-effects of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans.

This ongoing man-made disaster  will be examined from two perspectives: The Climate Change Relocation Center of Seattle is offering a free screening of the new Spike Lee documentary If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, 3-9, Sunday, August 29 at Re-Bar, 1114 Howard St. in Seattle. This is also a cajun & creole food potluck, so bring your best heat. 21 and over–drinks available.

On Monday night, Harry Shearer’s new documentary The Big Uneasy, (trailer here) shows at the Metro Cinemas at 7 & 9:30. From LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan’s rave review:

If you know Harry Shearer only as a key voice on “The Simpsons,” you’re missing a lot, especially his work as a fearless and incisive social commentator on his KCRW program “Le Show” and in his excellent muckraking documentary, “The Big Uneasy,” playing in theaters nationwide one night only Aug. 30.

A part-time resident of New Orleans, Shearer has put together a gripping, persuasive film that posits that the catastrophic flooding that overwhelmed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was not a natural disaster but the result of years of ruinous decisions and horrific misjudgments by the Army Corps of Engineers, the same people who are in charge of the city’s latest flood-control plan.

With the help of lively computer imagery and smart interviews, “The Big Uneasy” shows what went wrong and how both academic investigators and a Corps of Engineers whistle-blower were unceremoniously quashed. Essential viewing.

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