Back to IndieWire

AFP: Stone sinks in Venice, Spike Lee’s Katrina victims applauded

AFP: Stone sinks in Venice, Spike Lee's Katrina victims applauded

Oliver Stone‘s treatment of 9/11 in “World Trade Center” drew a mixed reception ahead of its European premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Friday while Spike Lee‘s look at post-Katrina New Orleans, “ground zero” of America’s biggest natural disaster, was applauded. Booing countered by applause rang out at the end of Stone’s account of a true story of the heroic survival of two policemen who were trapped in the rubble of the Twin Towers for 24 hours. Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts” won warm applause when the four-hour documentary about Hurricane Katrina spooled to a conclusion. Shown on the anniversary of the hurricane in a city which has long faced the same flood risk as New Orleans, the movie provides a detailed chronology of events through the eyes of survivors and documents the anger of America’s black underclass, the real victims of Katrina, at government inaction. Denis Barnett reports.

This Article is related to: Uncategorized and tagged