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Announcement :: Human Rights
2/21: When the Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts (WED)
19 Feb 2007
Modified: 06:58:56 PM
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts
Free Screening

(this week we are showing the first two acts, the final two will be screened on March 7th)

Wednesday, Feb 21
7pm


As the world watched in horror, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Like many who watched the unfolding drama on television news, director Spike Lee was shocked not only by the scale of the disaster, but by the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery effort. Lee was moved to document this modern American tragedy, a morality play witnessed by people all around the world. The result is WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS. The film is structured in four acts, each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans.

Acts 1-2: approximately 2 hours.


More stuff about it at:

http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/whentheleveesbroke/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0783612/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Levees_Broke







Radical Film Night at the Lucy Parsons Center
Every Wednesday night at 7pm
Always Free
lucyparsons.org


Upcoming Films


Feb 28: Ida B. Wells A Passion For Justice

Chronicles the life of Ida B. Wells, an early Afro-American activist who protested lynchings, unfair treatment of Afro-American soldiers, and other examples of racism and injustice toward Afro-Americans around the turn of the century.


Mar 7: When the Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts (2006)

Final two acts. The first half will be shown Feb 21.

As the world watched in horror, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Like many who watched the unfolding drama on television news, director Spike Lee was shocked not only by the scale of the disaster, but by the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery effort. Lee was moved to document this modern American tragedy, a morality play witnessed by people all around the world. The result is WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS. The film is structured in four acts, each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans.


Mar 14: Repo Man (1984)

Frustrated punk rocker Otto quits his supermarket job after slugging a co-worker, and is later dumped by his girlfriend at a party. Wandering the streets in frustration, he is recruited in the repossession of a car by a repo agent. After discovering his parents have donated his college fund to a televangelist, he joins the repossession agency (Helping Hand Acceptance Corporation) as an apprentice "repo man". During his training, he is introduced into the mercenary and paranoid world of the drivers, befriended by a UFO conspiracy theorist, confronted by rival repo agents, discovers some of his one-time friends have turned to a life of crime, is lectured to about cosmic unconsciousness by the repo agency grounds worker, and finds himself entangled in a web of intrigue concerning a huge repossession bounty on a 1964 Chevy Malabu driven by a lunatic government scientist, with Top Secret cargo in the trunk.


Mar 21: Oktyabr: Ten Days That Shook the World (1928)

In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in November of that year. Lenin returns in April. In July, counter-revolutionaries put down a spontaneous revolt, and Lenin's arrest is ordered. By late October, the Bolsheviks are ready to strike: ten days will shake the world. While the Mensheviks vacillate, an advance guard infiltrates the palace. Anatov-Oveyenko leads the attack and signs the proclamation dissolving the provisional government.


Mar 28: Modern Times (1936)

Chaplins last 'silent' film, filled with sound effects, was made when everyone else was making talkies. Charlie turns against modern society, the machine age, (The use of sound in films ?) and progress. Firstly we see him frantically trying to keep up with a production line, tightening bolts. He is selected for an experiment with an automatic feeding machine, but various mishaps leads his boss to believe he has gone mad, and Charlie is sent to a mental hospital... When he gets out, he is mistaken for a communist while waving a red flag, sent to jail, foils a jailbreak, and is let out again. We follow Charlie through many more escapades before the film is out.


Apr 4: Burnt By the Sun (1994)

Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin Dmitri from Moscow, who charms the women and little Nadia with his games and pianistic bravura. But Kotov isn't fooled: this is the time of Stalin's repression, with telephone calls in the middle of the night spelling doom - and he knows that Dmitri isn't paying a social call.




Questions-Comments about the film series, contact: films(-at-)lucyparsons.org

Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston's South End
Telephone: 617.267.6272
Email: lucyparsons (at) tao.ca
Web: http://www.lucyparsons.org/

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This FIlm-
19 Feb 2007
When the Levees Broke-- should be required viewing for every single living soul in this country. Its the story the news FAILED to report about rascism and human rigths failures and all kinds of hideous bullshit that really NEEDS to be known to the populace! Even if you think you are the most well-informed person, if you have time or can possibly make it, GO SEE this film. Its important- really-- you'll be glad you did. really really REALLY!

peace, respect, and One Love-
Mica
When The Levee's Broke?
22 Feb 2007
The levee DID NOT BREAK. IT WAS BLOWN ON PURPOSE. GOOGLE VIDEO AND YOU TUBE HAVE A RECENTLY RELEASED DOCUMENTARY ON THE LEVEE BREACH. Witnesses from New Orleans all agree, explosives were used to save the French Quarters. By the way. Katrina's damaged had passed, when the levee was blown.
I wonder if Spike digs deep? For the real truth? Then again? If he would make a movie that told the truth? You'd only see it on the Internet!
Peace.