Spike Lee`s “If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don`t Rise”

August 26, 2010  
Filed under Movies/TV

Five years later, the devastation that is Katrina, its lasting effects on New Orleans, are obvious when watching Spike Lee`s If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don`t Rise. I`ve seen and recorded hour two, three and four, but still need to see the first hour. If God Is Willing is essentially a sequel to When the Levee Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.

Spike Lee covers many topics, but attempts to trace the complex developments of New Orleans from August 29, 2005 up to the present. He initially intended on painting his documentary update with an optimistic brush, but the BP spill came along to snuff that out. So, the last hour takes up the BP spill as if it was a part of the Katrina story; somehow, the two are connected.

I will link for you two pertinent documents that will help you begin to get a grip on this sweeping new documentary of Spike Lee`s. Dave Itzkoff with The New York Times conducted an interview with Spike Lee, where he talks about his experience in making If God Is Willing. The other great piece I would like to link for you, is the only full-blown review that I could find on this documentary. It`s a review by Hank Stuever in The Washington Post.

Scratch that, I`m now finding some good reviews, like The Whole Damn Crew by Cynthia Fuchs for Pop Matters. My personal take is this is a wonderful follow-up to When the Levees Broke. We sink into the mire of the controversy, how can we rebuild New Orleans? I`m sorting through these problems now. Spike Lee spells out these issues and allows you take a fresh look with equal measure of hope and despair.


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