Sunday will mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Nearly two thousand people died. The economic toll is close to a hundred billion dollars.
Among the many Katrina retrospectives, a unique voice stands out. Harry Shearer, the comic actor and writer best known for his work on “The Simpsons” and the landmark motion picture “This is Spinal Tap,” has just finished a provocative documentary film about Katrina. The film, “The Big Uneasy,” will be shown this coming Monday, in movie theaters nationwide, for one night only.
In the film, Shearer argues that many of us learned the wrong lessons about what happened to New Orleans five years ago. We visited with Shearer in New Orleans to get a look at his film, and to understand why he remains skeptical that the government has done all that’s needed to prevent another flood.
Producer: William Brangham