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Hurricane on the Bayou (2006)

Hurricane on the Bayou (2006)

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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 been called the "soul of America." It is a call to restore New Orleans and protect the vital wetlands from which the city's unique identity first arose. 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 been called the "soul of America." It is a call to restore New Orleans and protect the vital wetlands from which the city's unique identity first arose.

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Meryl Streep
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Critic Reviews for Hurricane on the Bayou

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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…

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 | Rating: 4/5

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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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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

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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A convincing and entertaining argument for the importance of preserving Louisiana's wetlands.

January 18, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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