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Frontline: The Old Man and the Storm


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  • Actors: n, a
  • Directors: June Cross and Julia Elliott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001P7DUEU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,198 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Six months after Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, producer June Cross came across 82-year-old Herbert Gettridge working alone on his home in the Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood devastated when the levees broke in August 2005. Over the next two years, Cross would document the story of the extended Gettridge clan, an African-American family with deep roots in New Orleans, as they struggled to rebuild their homes and their lives.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GreatMovieCriticForever on September 6, 2009
This is an in depth look at Hurricane Katrina disaster, how the governments failed in time to help the residents of the city, the eventual rebuilding, and the politics behind it all.

I like Frontline for doing these type of episodes. In a couple of days, it'll be four years since Katrina. However, the corporate media rarely talks about Katrina or Bush or what happened anymore. In fact, aside from maybe CNN or MSNBC, Hurricande Katrina is not mentioned at all, but you can bet that there will various reports on September 11 coming up.

This episode tells you more or less the events that happened that lead to Hurricane Katrina there are a couple of important bits that they've left out, but Frontline eventually presents the big picture-The government was ill prepared for such a disaster, and the blame laid upon Bush, Mayor of New Orleans, and the Governor.

The episode also tells us the story of Herbert Gettridge who basically rebuilt his home without any federal money. You can use what happened to Gettridge as a template for what happened to a lot of the residents after Katrina. The difference is that Gettride besides being alive remained in his home through it all. It's obvious that the response to Katrina was at best inadequate from all sides. We are reminded again of FEMA's terrible performance.

Here is where the episode leaves out a couple of important bits. After Katrina, a video was eventually leaked out by the Associated Press of how much Fema and Bush knew about impending danger.

FEMA's Micheal Brown, who was eventually made up to be a scapegoat, although his performance nonetheless was average, tells Bush and his advisors that Katrina was going to be "the big one".
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