With recent natural disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Maria rampaging through the Caribbean and America, it has been intriguing to see the varying levels of response from the authorities elected to help those who now find themselves in need.

Cast your mind back to August 2005, when Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans over 8 days, killing almost 1,300 people in the process. Identifying it as one of the most deadly hurricanes in American history. The 43rd US President, George W. Bush, came under intense criticism for his slow response to the ongoing destruction in Louisiana. It’s Bush’s lack of action that inspired Spike Lee’s seminal documentary, When The Levees Broke which will be screened by events company We Are Parable on 12th November at Stratford Picturehouse at 12pm, as part of their year long film celebration of Lee’s work.

The Spike is 60 film festival has attempted to show all facets of Lee’s filmmaking. We Are Parable Co-founder Anthony Andrews said:

“We feel that this work speaks to his influence and passion for being an activist for the people. It is such an important story to tell; seeing how New Orleans residents were not even given simple provisions like food and water, being called illegal aliens by their own government. It’s a documentary that should remind you that little has changed.”

Co-founder Teanne Andrews said:

“The last thing we wanted to do is sit people down and just show the film. Instead we wanted to somehow incorporate the spoken word and dance elements into the event.”

When The Levees Broke is a powerful piece of work and whose screening by We Are Parable will represent the first time that it has been in shown in London, in over a decade.

“The recent tragedies in not only America, but also in the UK – thinking about Grenfell Tower specifically – has put a different lens on this film, showing that so called developed countries still have a long way to go when protecting their most vulnerable.” Anthony Andrews adds.

The film represents an excellent opportunity to see Spike Lee at his most vocal, visceral and political.


Spike is 60 presents: When The Leeves Broke  Sunday 12th November 2017, 12pm @ Picturehouse Central. Find out more and book your tickets here.