If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise 1 Season 2010

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2. If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise (Part 2) TV-14 CC

Part 2 of 2. This Spike Lee documentary event revisits New Orleans five years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

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2 hours 0 minutes
Original air date:
August 23, 2010

If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise (Part 2)

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Genres Documentary
Director Spike Lee
Supporting actors Reggie Bush, Deuce McAllister, Gregory Aymond, Drew Brees, Ray Akins, Virginia Akins, Rita Benson LeBlanc, Sean Payton, Anthony Hargrove, Tony Ugoh, Jamey Richard, Ramon Humber, Pierre Thomas, Peyton Manning, J.C. Porter, Calvin Mackie, Garland Robinette, Mitch Landrieu
Season year 2010
Network HBO
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When will more people rise up for what is right?!
kaoskitty
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.
George Onsando
Assembled from interview footage, archival elements and still photographs, If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise looks fantastic on DVD.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bennett on 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JZ52 on February 15, 2011
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dee J. on March 29, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DVD Verdict on July 21, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A kids review on November 13, 2011
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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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By Catherine Holzwarth on February 3, 2014
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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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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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