Dir. Spike Lee, 2010, 240 mins (120 mins each night)
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, director Spike Lee returns to New Orleans to see how the ambitious plans to reinvent the Crescent City are playing out. In an all new, four-hour documentary premiering on HBO, Lee finds a patchwork of hope and heartache in a story bookended by a pair of momentous events — the historic 2010 Super Bowl victory and the disastrous British Petroleum oil spill — that changed the history of America’s most unique city once again. If If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise is a continuation of the story of the rebirth of the Big Easy as first recorded in Lee’s epic, Emmy® and Peabody award-winning 2006 documentary, When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts. Alongside the city’s storied ability to celebrate life with unmatchable ebullience, Lee documents the successes and failures in the ongoing efforts to restore housing, healthcare, education, economic growth and law and order to a battered but unbowed community.
Part 2 - Tuesday, August 24th, 9:00pm