Desert Bayou
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Filmmaker Alex LeMay explores the plight of 600 African-Americans who were unwittingly airlifted into the predominantly Caucasian state of Utah in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in this documentary exploring the aftermath of one of the worst natural and humanitarian disasters in American history. When the water settled on New Orleans, the disaster had only begun. Now, as LeMay allows evacuees of Hurricane Katrina to tell their remarkable stories in their own words, viewers are invited to explore whether two radically different cultures can truly come together in their most… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"This little known human interest story is a fascinating one."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A thoughtful and interesting look at a little-told Katrina story."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Thematic schizophrenia...it agrees that the media stereotype blacks as uneducated thugs and rappers, while its own main characters are crack addicts, ex-cons, and Master P."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"Screenwriter Thomas Lemmer and director Alex LeMay appear to have some sort of agenda or ax to grind."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Does great justice to the appalling aftermath of the biggest natural disaster to hit America in our lifetime."
‑ Nida Najar, New York Press
"[Director] LeMay earns points for his balanced presentation of key figures on both sides."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Desert Bayou is at its most compelling when it stops preachifying and focuses on the lives of two troubled families."
‑ Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post
"A fascinating glimpse at the almost endless obstacles given to Katrina survivors..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"People rarely enter into audacious commitments with such unforeseeable consequences. For me, it casts Utah in a new and, surprisingly, positive light."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"LeMay's approach is a clumsily obvious one which demeans everything by turning the men's experiences into a kind of reality-TV soap opera."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"There is undeniable power to the central dilemma of human beings at a crossroads."
‑ , Los Angeles Times
"There are thousands of untold stories still left to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It's worth hearing the ones Alex LeMay shares in this compassionate, if somewhat underdeveloped, documentary."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A case of great material and sloppy presentation."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The result is by turns sad, infuriating, frustrating and cautiously hopeful."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A scathing documentary baring a nation into deep denial about lingering buried injustices and inequities which rose to the surface exposed to the light of day, in the wake of the Katrina floods."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
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