With the release of Spike Lee's 'If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise,' the follow-up to 2006's essential 'When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,' the city of New Orleans is revisited five years after Hurricane Katrina to examine the progress and stagnancy of rejuvenating a still-ailing city.

Yet on the fifth anniversary of one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history, Lee's film is one of a number of documentaries to spotlight various facets of the disaster. Our friends at SnagFilms present five movies on Katrina, each looking at a different aspect of the tragedy. As we remember a government that failed and a city destroyed, these films stand as a vital testament to the city's character, culture and resilience. With the release of Spike Lee's 'If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise,' the follow-up to 2006's essential 'When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,' the city of New Orleans is revisited five years after Hurricane Katrina to examine the progress and stagnancy of rejuvenating a still-ailing city.

Yet on the fifth anniversary of one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history, Lee's film is one of a number of documentaries to spotlight various facets of the disaster. Our friends at SnagFilms present five movies on Katrina, each looking at a different aspect of the tragedy. As we remember a government that failed and a city destroyed, these films stand as a vital testament to the city's character, culture and resilience.

'Big Easy To Big Empty: The Untold Story Of The Drowning Of New Orleans' - Investigative journalist Greg Palast has long been a vital and incendiary writer, exposing discrepancies and cover-ups in everything from Mexico's 2006 presidential electon to the Exxon Valdez spill. Here, he brings you exclusive footage on the hidden political agendas and the suppressed eyewitness reports involved in the disaster.

'Katrina's Children'- "This memorable and highly evocative documentary examines the effects of Hurricane Katrina through the eyes, voices, and drawings of the city's children. With their disarming honesty and innocent wisdom, the children are at once witnesses, victims, heroes and survivors. The film, like the children, is both deeply moving and at times refreshingly funny."

'Music Rising' - The New Orleans music scene, a vibrant mix of myriad histories and cultures, was devastated by Katrina. 'Music Rising' follows a group of musicians, including U2's The Edge, as they try to replace their peers' instruments and help rebuild their lives. Includes concert appearances by Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson.

'Still Standing'- "'Still Standing' provides an intimate portrait of the challenges faced by Hurricane Katrina survivors six months after the storm. Ms. Gertrude is a determined grandmother struggling to return home and rebuild. Her story reveals all-too familiar issues in urban American communities: the neglect of poor and minority neighborhoods, the inadequacy of public assistance to provide long-term solutions, and the struggles necessary to bring about positive change."

'A Loud Color' - This emotionally wrenching short film looks at Louis Harding, a New Orleans resident whose community center opened one month before Katrina and was subsequently destroyed.
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