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Harry Shearer’s New Documentary “The Big Uneasy”: Katrina Was A ‘Man-Made’ Not A ‘Natural’ Disaster

September 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

I recently watched a review copy of Harry Shearer’s new documentary “The Big Uneasy,” which examines the underlying reasons for the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The movie was particularly striking to me in that it takes a rare non-partisan approach to the topic.

In fact, Shearer — the actor, comedian, activist and a New Orleans resident – said he was provoked to make the movie when President Obama ”referred to the flooding—in passing—as ‘a natural disaster.’ I just hit the roof. I went, ‘OK, blogs and radio and all the other things I’ve been doing clearly aren’t enough. I know what the next step is.’ And it was this.”

Shearer’s major point in “this” is that Katrina was a man-made — not a natural — disaster. And, the men (and women) who were most responsible for making it a disaster is the Army Corps of Engineers whose mismanagement, the movie argues, caused the city’s levees to rupture during the storm. And, “The Big Uneasy” further contends that many the same issues the first time around are being repeated in the rebuilding process.

For more information about the film including where it is showing, click here.

“The Big Uneasy” director and New Orleans resident Harry Shearer.

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