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  • Actors: James L. Bills, Tracey Bills, Gabriel Black, Ariel Pietrello, Frankie Riley
  • Directors: James L. Bills
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Anthem Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VZBCUQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This no holds documentary chronicles the days before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. Told from the viewpoint of several families stuck in New Orleans, this moving and unflinching story says so much by saying so little. Most of this footage has never been seen by the public, and there is absolutely no stock footage used in this film.

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel B. Clendenin on January 26, 2007
Format: DVD
Stranded in a New Orleans hotel with a group of five adults and four children, film maker James Bills put his camera to good use in his native city. In this one-hour documentary, with no stock footage at all, he records the city before, during, and mainly after Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005. Even today, seeing his film, it is hard to comprehend the terrifying power, destructive force, and catastrophic flooding of the storm. Bills interviews a handful of citizens and with understated narration lets them tell their stories. The bald lies and gross incompetence of local, state, and especially the federal government loom large. "It has changed me forever," reminisced one woman. "I will never depend upon the government for anything. You're on your own." A recent article in the New York Times suggested that 18 months later, New Orleans's population has probably topped out at less than half of its pre-hurricane size.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. LaChance on August 30, 2007
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I'm going to make this very brief. Everyone should see this film. It may open their eyes to what's going on in this country. This film shows what the MAIN STREAM MEDIA doesn't want you to see. The nightmare that so many lived through was heartbreaking. How can we be on the other side of the world in 2 days to help tidal wave victims, but can't do anything in our own country, for our own people until 5 days after the levees broke! UNACCEPTABLE!!! Many people stranded were sick, elderly, and poor who just did not have the means to get out or any place to go if they were to get out. Read my words, they didn't have a choice!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicolette R. Fraioli on May 22, 2013
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Refuge of Last Resort offered yet another look into the personal lives of the survivors of the most costliest natural disasters on record. This docu-drama showed personal struggles to carry on and endure what not only the local, state, but the federal government stood by and let become chaos and anarchy. Through the one-on-one's in this dvd, basic and natural instincts kick in order make it through and protect home and hearth, as the old saying goes. The things I could not understand at all was WHY split up families to be shipped to parts unknown and WHY not allow those who wanted to, to come back to rebuild their homes? In this and others, those were questions that never really go any straight up answers. I really did feel for all those people affected by this tragic situation. I wanted to help them than and I still want to help them today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnny RC on March 14, 2013
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I was a rescuer during Katrina and Rita and I ordered several documentaries here several years later to get a look from the outside in. This movie was the BEST raw look from someone that stayed and weathered the storm, including all of the chaos afterwards. You will see a lot of things the main stream media overlooked and/or just didn't show during all this. Through the view of someone surviving within the city limits, you view the frustrations and let downs of all the rescue efforts. As a rescuer, I will say we did what we could with what we had, but I admit there were alot of people left out to dry by the whole process. It's the first film I saw that really depicted the atmosphere of fear and what people really endured for their own survival. Highly recommended.
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