USA 2007, 92 min., Color
NTSC DVD, English, Not Rated
"Makes a fitting sequel to Spike Lee's opus WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE." - Lisa Katzman, Village Voice
"Vivid and thoughtful and speaks volumes about one of the most disturbing episodes in recent American history." - Gary Goldstein, Reel.com
In the wake of the worst natural and humanitarian disasters ever to visit American shores, nearly 600 African-Americans were airlifted to the almost entirely white state of Utah...without their knowledge.
DESERT BAYOU seeks to examine whether two cultures can come together in a time of utter chaos, or whether their differences prove too great a challenge to overcome. In their own words, evacuees of Hurricane Katrina tell how they survived the storm of the century and, out of the rubble, ended up at a military installation in the Utah deserts. With interviews from recording artist Master P, celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, evacuees, political and military leaders, and community and social figures, the questions of race, politics and religion hurdle towards each other in this truly American story: a story of loss and reunion, of sorrow and rebirth, of anger and rejoicing, but most of all...a story of hope.
- Director's Commentary Track
- Extended Interviews
- Theatrical Trailer