50 Documentaries to See Before You Die

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)

Director: Spike Lee

The running time, 255 minutes, is brutal, and the subject matter even more so. There are few things capable of inspiring as much rage as the gross mishandling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in Lousiana in 2005, and Lee's documentary, thankfully, captures the anguish and incompetance as best it can, making for a film that should be required viewing for generations of Americans to come.

The images of families stranded on roofs, the tales from survivors, the interviews with government officials—you won't soon forget any of this. You can't. —RS

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