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Hurricane on the Bayou

Hurricane on the Bayou (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
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Shot before and after the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the documentary brings into focus the startling loss of Louisiana's rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands that are New Orleans' first line of defense against deadly storms. Told through the personal stories of four musicians, both legendary and rising, who are drawing attention to this environmental calamity. The story is both a document of Katrina's powerful effects, and a profound musical celebration of the city that has

Jun 5, 2007

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The narrative is built one happy cliche at a time until the story of Katrina ceases to be about appalling environmental neglect, or the colossal failure of the federal government to manage a disaster.

March 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A classic 'before and after' document, terrific images of what was once there, actual footage of the storm itself, moving TV news coverage of the disaster and a conclusion that's more optimistic than it has any right to be.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The smart, classy Hurricane on the Bayou preaches an invaluable environmental lesson for children and parents: Don't monkey with the ecosystem without expecting payback.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Despite its split personality, Hurricane offers more good than bad, including a lively soundtrack featuring Benoit, the Neville Brothers and Fats Domino.

March 16, 2007
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Katrina will end up changing the entire South, from Houston to Florida, for decades to come, yet Bayou still insists on its upbeat gospel ending.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A convincing and entertaining argument for the importance of preserving Louisiana's wetlands.

January 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Hurricane on the Bayou makes its points in a compelling, and moving, manner.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[Features] a knockout soundtrack, some very impressive gators and two irresistible forces: Hurricane Katrina and 14-year-old fiddler and eco-warrior Amanda Shaw.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

...amazing footage of Katrina's aftermath...

February 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

not simply another 'isn't it tragic' picture of the Gulf Coast, post-Katrina. The movie spends just as much time celebrating the joyous music that has always been a part of New Orleans...

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Though some of the images of the aftermath will seem chillingly familiar, there is ample aerial footage of the destruction that carries a deeper impact because of the wide screen.

January 26, 2007
Sacramento Bee

This is an often-moving film, but its approach to life in post-Katrina Louisiana is hopeful, even celebratory.

December 21, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Although its subject matter gets tossed around a little, "Hurricane on the Bayou" always gets its message across.

December 19, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

It's a gumbo stew of a movie in which all the ingredients don't meld neatly, but then it has an excuse: Nature beat it to the punch.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The film's originally speculative scenario became reality on Aug. 29, 2005.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

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