Desert Bayou (2007)



Critic Consensus: Although the presentation is sometimes clumsy, the compelling interviews and story make Desert Bayou always informative and enthralling.

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Filmmaker Alex LeMay explores the plight of 600 African-Americans who were unwittingly airlifted into the predominantly Caucasian state of Utah in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in this documentary exploring the aftermath of one of the worst natural and humanitarian disasters in American history. When the water settled on New Orleans, the disaster had only begun. Now, as LeMay allows evacuees of Hurricane Katrina to tell their remarkable stories in their own words, viewers are … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Thomas G. Lemmer
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On DVD: Feb 19, 2008
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Critic Reviews for Desert Bayou

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (11)

This little known human interest story is a fascinating one.

November 26, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

[Director] LeMay earns points for his balanced presentation of key figures on both sides.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Top Critic

There is undeniable power to the central dilemma of human beings at a crossroads.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A thoughtful and interesting look at a little-told Katrina story.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Desert Bayou is at its most compelling when it stops preachifying and focuses on the lives of two troubled families.

Full Review… | October 25, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

There are thousands of untold stories still left to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It's worth hearing the ones Alex LeMay shares in this compassionate, if somewhat underdeveloped, documentary.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Desert Bayou

Ive seen alot of documentaries on Hurricane Katrina but this was the only 1 I found truly interesting

Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

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