I recently watched a review copy of Harry Shearer’s new documentary “The Big Uneasy,” which examines the underlyingÂ reasons for theÂ 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 residentÂ – said he was provoked to make the movie when President ObamaÂ ”referred to the floodingâ€”in passingâ€”as â€˜a natural disaster.â€™ I just hit the roof. I went, â€˜OK, blogs and radio and all the other things Iâ€™ve been doing clearly arenâ€™t enough. I know what the next step is.â€™ And it was this.â€
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,Â caused the cityâ€™s levees to rupture during the storm.Â And, “The Big Uneasy” further contends that many the same issues the first time around are being repeated in the rebuilding process.
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“The Big Uneasy” director and New Orleans resident Harry Shearer.