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ERIC Number: EJ796607
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
Documenting Tragedy and Resilience: The Importance of Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke"
Foster, Kevin Michael; Blakes, Tifani; McKay, Jenny
Urban Education, v43 n4 p488-496 2008
Spike Lee's documentary, "When the Levees Broke," provides an informative, enduring, and alternative presentation surrounding the human and man-made debacle associated with Hurricane Katrina. Levees centers the voices of survivors and others involved in the weeks during and after the hurricane, historicizes residents' understandings and reactions, and grounds the entire film in powerful images and footage captured by countless people during the protracted moment. As an enduring document that exists outside of the contemporary television-driven news cycle, "Levees" provides critical groundwork for community conversation. Likewise, and with thoughtful preparation work, "Levees" offers a tremendous opportunity for culturally and contextually resonant and relevant classroom teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana