Desert Bayou
Desert Bayou (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 19, 2008
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Although the presentation is sometimes clumsy, the compelling interviews and story make Desert Bayou always informative and enthralling.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

This little known human interest story is a fascinating one.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A thoughtful and interesting look at a little-told Katrina story.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Thematic agrees that the media stereotype blacks as uneducated thugs and rappers, while its own main characters are crack addicts, ex-cons, and Master P.

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Joe Leydon

[Director] LeMay earns points for his balanced presentation of key figures on both sides.

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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post

Desert Bayou is at its most compelling when it stops preachifying and focuses on the lives of two troubled families.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A fascinating glimpse at the almost endless obstacles given to Katrina survivors...

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Los Angeles Times

There is undeniable power to the central dilemma of human beings at a crossroads.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

A case of great material and sloppy presentation.

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