So what exactly does Spike Lee want to tell us about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath? Whatever it is, he wants New Orleans-area residents to hear it first. Lee will screen the first half of his four-hour documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts at the New Orleans Arena on August 16. Lee is expected to attend the premiere. The arena is adjacent to the Superdome, where crowds of survivors took refuge under horrible circumstances after last year's hurricane and subsequent flooding devastated the New Orleans area.

Lee was under fire earlier this year for refusing to discredit the theory that the levees had been intentionally bombed in order to flood poor neighborhoods. However, he now claims that the documentary will cite the Army Corps of Engineers' poor construction of the levees as the cause of the flooding. HBO will air When the Levees Broke in two parts on August 21 and 22, and then replay the entire film on August 29, the anniversary of the hurricane's landfall. Tickets for the New Orleans event are free through the Arena box office.