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If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2011)

Calvin Mackie , Mitch Landrieu  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Calvin Mackie, Mitch Landrieu, Jacques Morial, Fred Johnson, Tanya Harris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JA99XG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise" on IMDb

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Directed by Spike Lee, this four-hour, Peabody Award-winning documentary revisits New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina, and four years since the premiere of Lee's landmark, triple Emmy-winning HBO documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Featuring many of the principals seen in the first documentary, the new film opens with February's celebratory Super Bowl parade before delving into such issues as relocation, rebuilding, mental-health concerns, the current status of the levees, and the impact on New Orleans of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See For EVERY American August 25, 2010
Many of us continue to hold sacred, 9/11 and ground zero which is being rebuilt every day. After watching this documentary, I was left with the feeling that somehow these Americans of the Gulf have simply been forgotten and those displaced still have no way to return home. This is the TRUE story of our America in the Gulf, and how it is being dismantled with one disaster after another. This has to change.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative Film Making at it Best February 15, 2011
By JZ52
There is a reason Spike Lee is one of the most provocative American film directors. This is it. If you still believe the government is there to help Americans in time of crisis and disaster you need to see this film. Post Katrina New Orleans is a microcosm of capitalism and the free-market. They have no public school system, historic homes are eminent domained to make way for a "new" downtown, a perfectly good hospital is shuttered, all in the name of rebuilding. Meanwhile five years later hundreds of former Crescent City residents are still unable to return home, an offense to every American. This film is a must see. The best documentary of 2010.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from Spike Lee! March 29, 2011
By Dee J.
You'll laugh, cry and get MAD AS HELL, as you watch the incredible 2-part, 4-hour absolutely fascinating documentary about the aftermath of Hurrican Katrina and the horrendous and unforgivable BP oil catastrophe!

From the many problems and con jobs connected to the corrupt Bush-Cheney administration and their cronies before and after Hurricane Katrina, to the inexcusable and unconscionable BP oil disaster, Lee speaks critically, but fairly to the good guys and the bad. Just as the people of New Orleans and surrounding areas were starting to recover from nature's Hurricane Katrina (and poorly-built levees, etc.), they have to contend with a man-made disaster of horrendous proportions, the BP oil tsunami. That most of them can keep going in the face of all this adversity is commendable in itself!

Good work, Spike Lee and HBO! "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise" should be seen be everyone who is concerned about the welfare of humanity and this planet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Judge Adam Arseneau, DVD Verdict-- Time may have numbed the sense of public outcry and desperation of the Hurricane Katrina fiasco, but it may just make If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise a more important film than When The Levees Broke for this very reason. The twenty-four-hour news channels may have long since moved onto juicer stories, but that doesn't mean that New Orleans has recovered from its horrible ordeal. Spike Lee wants audiences to be fully and painfully aware of this fact. We have all seen the reality, but few outside of the Crescent City see the recovery.

Director Spike Lee and his crew return to New Orleans in 2010 and find a city overrun by the Who Dat nation, basking in exuberance from its recent Super Bowl victory. Abandoned storefronts and wreckage in the streets have been replaced by singing, dancing, and public displays of drunken affection and heavy tourism. At first glance, one might think that New Orleans is back, restored magically to its former glory from the sheer force of will of thousands of football fans, but, alas, it is not the case. New Orleans is a city deeply divided by conflict, financial uncertainty, and gentrification in the wake of Katrina, reeling from a BP oil spill in the Gulf choking the lifeblood of the economy. Competing visions of how to rebuild the city, with debates raging from healthcare to real estate threaten to tear the community in two. Corruption permeates every level of public life, from the police on the street to the bureaucrats above.

And yet there is hope, sprinkled like seeds on a farmer's field. Five years have not healed Katrina's wounds, but the film admires the sheer stubborn optimism of New Orleans, a city that never gives up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise November 13, 2011
Every American should own a copy of When the Levees Broke and If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, especially those living along the vulnerable Gulf Coast and Atlantic seaboard - otherwise known as prime Hurricane territory. It's hard to imagine living through one of the worst disasters in the history of the region and then sitting back and watching as your government and its leaders bicker over the best way to throw you a half-rotten bone. The people of New Orleans deserved better, and these films acknowledge that it is their spirit and will that is making things better, not some name Hollywood helper. Creek is easily one of the best documentaries ever made, Lee's amazing effort earns 5 stars. Not just for the technical elements, mind you. No, something this important deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. We nearly lost New Orleans six years ago. Here's hoping that Spike Lee's motion picture masterpieces shames some people into finally trying to fix things - before it really is too late.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful February 3, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
Very touching and shows what individual families endured. Wasn't sure why the short part about Haiti was included, but overall, it was very interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By L. Boki
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A sad but engrossing update on how developers are taking advantage of a tragedy to eliminate large sections of the New Orleans populous. It had been felt for years that politicians wanted to get rid of the black majority in this creole NOT Cajun city. And unfortunately it looks like they are succeeding by abolishing Charity Hospital, the 2nd largest hospital in the states and not rebuilding the 9th Ward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Diane Stelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 2 months ago by Michel E. Spichiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Katrina
This documentary provided me with the reality of what really happened during Katrina and the government's response which was a disaster and wanting to this day.
Published 14 months ago by George Onsando
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best thing to buy on this topic
The DVD was okay...but if you have not seen When The Levees Failed (or whatever it is by Spike Lee), you should buy that instead; much, much better than this. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching!
I don't think any director could've done a better job covering this sensitive subject. It is educating, unbelievable, and unforgettable. Read more
Published 18 months ago by kaoskitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary
As a New Orleans resident, I am always skeptical of how the city is portrayed, but Spike Lee did such a good job of talking to so many of the wonderfully different folks who call... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sharon McBroom
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This DVD was purchased to educate my children on the happenings of Katrina and the toughness of New Orlean residents.
Published 21 months ago by verleatha hill
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I think this movie does a great job at showing what really happened. I had to watch this for my class and I can honestly say this is one of the films where I still mention it to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Christina Hooker
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Spike Lee did a wonderful job as usual with this documentary. He hit every point and covered every aspect not holding anything back.
Published on September 27, 2011 by Wanda Cartwright
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