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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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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JA99XG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,220 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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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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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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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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This documentary is such a brilliant follow up to "When the Levees Broke": it makes even clearer the manipulations, thefts, deceits and cold-bloodedness of the "fat cats" who wanted to make New Orleans over for themselves and for continued "gentrification" of the city. Spike Lee is a cinematic genius of contemporary history and his documentaries speak the truth about how all kinds of different systems, including George W. Bush's administration, local NO government, various govt. agencies and numerous private companies who were contracted by those agencies, were guided by the tenets of white supremacy which continues to marginalize and brutalize poor Black folks in this country.

Anyone who claims that we live in a "post-racial" era in this country is blind, deaf and stupid.
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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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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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I thought this was one of the best documentaries Ive seen in my lifetime. What a tradgedy the hurricane in New Orleans but the bigger tradegy was how our US goverment responded. WE can rescue every country on the planet ,but we let our own people to fend for themselves in impossible curcumstances,and perish. This was a dark moment in US history, not that it happened but how our goverment chose to respond, (not respond). Sad but enlightening
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