Spike Lee's documentary about the devastation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina premiered Wednesday evening at the New Orleans Arena before an audience of thousands of victims of the disaster.
The four-hour documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, is both a heart-rending story and as angry as anything Lee has made in his 20-year career.
Lee, maker of racially charged films such as Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X, crafts the story of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed without appearing on film. Instead, he lets the people of New Orleans tell the tale of neglect and abandonment by those who should have been in charge.
Spike's film will premiere on HBO in two installments: parts 1 & 2 on Monday, August 21 @ 9pm / parts 3 & 4 on Tuesday, August 22 @ 9pm. HBO will also run all four parts back to back on Tuesday, August 28, 8pm to midnight.