Segments in this Video

Persistent Floodwaters (03:07)


View footage of New Orleans residents on rescue boats. A man recalls his neighbor suffering dehydration. Mayor Ray Nagin discusses how residents were left on freeway overpasses for days.

Local Government Breakdown (03:23)

New Orleans residents recall being turned away at gunpoint when attempting to cross parish lines. Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu says militia behavior was an overreaction to media rumors of looting and hostages.

Descending into Chaos (04:00)

View news footage of New Orleans residents being evacuated by helicopter. Residents recall looting and violence. An African-American man describes being shot by a white man.

Negative Rumors (03:47)

Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco denies evidence of civil breakdown. New Orleans Police Chief Eddie Compass admits he relied on false information, inflating media reports of looting and rape.

Slow Federal Response (03:41)

View footage of a conference call in which a hurricane expert warns George W. Bush of the approaching storm. Experts discuss his lack of interest in disaster relief efforts and compare his actions to those of Lyndon B. Johnson after Hurricane Betsy in 1965.

Government Failing the People (03:54)

FEMA still had not sent aid or troops to New Orleans four days after the storm. CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien discusses their lack of knowledge about the situation. Michael Brown had no disaster relief experience and was restricted by Homeland Security.

Mandatory Evacuation for Most (02:46)

Bush Administration members, including Condoleeza Rice, were criticized for failing to respond after Hurricane Katrina. Many low income African-American residents were left behind.

Blaming New Orleans' Mayor (03:12)

Nagin claimed 75% of residents were evacuated before the storm. Louisiana state representative Karen Carter discusses his lack of leadership and residents point out his lack of resources. He talks about being compared to Rudy Giuliani after 9/11.

Desperate Officials (05:23)

Nagin provided temporary relief until state and federal help arrived. Blanco talks about the slow federal response. Hear a radio interview clip in which Nagin appeals to the U.S. government for resources— after which they finally sent aid.

Negotiating Federal Aid (04:14)

Nagin describes flying on Air Force One and having lunch with Bush. Nagin and Blanco present their versions of private talks with the president. Political animosity prevented them from working together to bring relief to New Orleans residents.

Occupied City (02:34)

View footage of Bush comforting flood victims. Many accused him of spending money in Iraq, rather than on relief efforts. Residents felt the National Guard and state police restricted their rights.

Restoring Order (02:23)

Nagin describes how Lt. General Russell Honore took charge in New Orleans, starting with evacuating the Superdome.

Evacuating the Superdome (04:27)

New Orleans residents describe how the National Guard and state police moved 40,000 people. Many suffered from injuries, illness, or shock.

Attempts to Leave New Orleans (03:47)

A resident was forced to leave his mother's body behind during evacuation. Evacuees filled Armstrong Airport, hoping to fly out. O'Brien recalls their desperation when she arrived to report on the disaster.

Evacuating New Orleans (04:58)

Residents recall feeling frustrated as they prepared to board airplanes to unknown destinations. Many have been shipped around the U.S. and separated from family members. Some African-American residents compare the experience to slavery.

Overwhelmed Public Resources (02:21)

View images of New Orleans residents in evacuation centers. O'Brien describes walking through the empty Superdome. A dead body is still there after two days.

Hurricane Katrina Victims (Disturbing images) (03:56)

New Orleans residents describe bodies lying abandoned for days after the storm and evacuation. View images of deceased people on flooded streets and destroyed homes.

Credits: When the Levees Broke: Part 2 (01:20)

Credits: When the Levees Broke: Part 2

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When the Levees Broke: Part 2

Part of the Series : When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
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One year after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans, director Spike Lee presents a four-hour, four-part chronicle recounting, through words and images, one of our country’s most profound natural disasters. In addition to revisiting the hours leading up to the arrival of Katrina, a Category 5 hurricane before it hit the coast of Louisiana, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts tells the personal stories of those who lived to tell about it, at the same time exploring the underbelly of a nation where the divide along race and class lines has never been more pronounced. An HBO Production. 

Length: 65 minutes

Item#: BVL115042

Copyright date: ©2006

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