Wynton in the new Spike Lee film about Katrina
Entitled: When the Levees Broke, Spike Lee’s emotionally haunting two-night chronicle of Hurricane Katrina is a documentary masterpiece, unfolding over four hours tonight and at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Deftly mixing news footage of the harrowing devastation as tragic events unfolded late last August and early September, Lee adds an unforgettably rich human tapestry of witness interviews.
Wynton offers a brief history of the city’s culture and the special way music is embedded in the fabric of New Orleans life.
The film is structured in four acts, each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina’s catastrophic passage through New Orleans. Acts I and II premiere on HBO tonight, Monday, August 21 at 9pm (ET/PT), followed by Acts III and IV on Tuesday, August 22 at 9pm. All four acts will be seen Tuesday, Aug. 29 (8:00 p.m.-midnight), the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
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