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 invited to explore whether two radically different cultures can truly come together in their most desperate hour, or whether social differences will simply prove too difficult to overcome. Additional candid interviews with military, political, and religious leaders, as well as influential figures from both communities, paint a vivid picture of the struggle for survival as the misplaced New Orleans citizens struggle to come to terms with their loss, and the rising tides of racism, religion, and politics threaten to wash away a century's worth of social progress.

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11)

Thematic agrees that the media stereotype blacks as uneducated thugs and rappers, while its own main characters are crack addicts, ex-cons, and Master P.

Feb 3, 2008 | Rating: D | Full Review…

This little known human interest story is a fascinating one.

Nov 26, 2007

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

Nov 13, 2007
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There is undeniable power to the central dilemma of human beings at a crossroads.

Oct 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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A thoughtful and interesting look at a little-told Katrina story.

Oct 26, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Oct 25, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Desert Bayou

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

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