Hurricane on the Bayou
Hurricane on the Bayou (2006)

Shot before and after the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the documentary brings into focus the startling loss of Louisiana's rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands that are New Orleans' first line of defense against… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 29, 2006
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

The narrative is built one happy cliche at a time until the story of Katrina ceases to be about appalling environmental neglect, or the colossal failure of the federal government to manage a disaster.

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Erika Gonzalez
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Despite its split personality, Hurricane offers more good than bad, including a lively soundtrack featuring Benoit, the Neville Brothers and Fats Domino.

Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

Hurricane on the Bayou makes its points in a compelling, and moving, manner.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A classic 'before and after' document, terrific images of what was once there, actual footage of the storm itself, moving TV news coverage of the disaster and a conclusion that's more optimistic than it has any right to be.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

Katrina will end up changing the entire South, from Houston to Florida, for decades to come, yet Bayou still insists on its upbeat gospel ending.

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Arthur Salm
San Diego Union-Tribune

[Features] a knockout soundtrack, some very impressive gators and two irresistible forces: Hurricane Katrina and 14-year-old fiddler and eco-warrior Amanda Shaw.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The smart, classy Hurricane on the Bayou preaches an invaluable environmental lesson for children and parents: Don't monkey with the ecosystem without expecting payback.

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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A convincing and entertaining argument for the importance of preserving Louisiana's wetlands.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...amazing footage of Katrina's aftermath...

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