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Hurricane on the Bayou

2006 40m Documentary List
85% Tomatometer 20 Reviews 64% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray explores the threat to Louisiana's wetlands while celebrating the Cajun way of life. Read More Read Less

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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. Mar 22, 2007 Full Review 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. Rated: 4/5 Mar 16, 2007 Full Review 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. Rated: 3/4 Mar 16, 2007 Full Review 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. Mar 16, 2007 Full Review Lewis Beale Film Journal International Hurricane on the Bayou makes its points in a compelling, and moving, manner. Mar 1, 2007 Full Review 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. Rated: 4/4 Feb 16, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The documentary was paid for by an oil company and a chemical/oil refining company so it's never stated that chemical/oil refining, drilling for oil, and activities directly related to drilling for oil are the cause of the loss of the wetlands. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Had a chance to watch this film in New Orleans on the imax, but passed on the opportunity, thinking I had seen it all and read it all as pertains to katrina, hurricanes, levees and New Orleans. But after seeing the film now 5 years later, I realize this film wasn't at all like other documentaries on the topic of katrina and the gulf coast. Hurricane on the bayou is beautiful and positive in nature, with little or no mention about the us government, and failures of the safety systems in place. Instead this film is acceptant of the calamity and put together with the intent of promoting stewardship along the gulf coast region of Louisiana. There is a strong spirit of optimism about this film which makes it even more of a joy to watch, while the beauty of New Orleans is showcased through vast panoramic views of the city; before, during and after the levees broke. Having seen plenty of documentaries about katrina I will highly recommend this film as the first to watch, and appreciate the film and film makers for steering clear of finger pointing and blame games, which other documentaries have done so much of. In the end, Hurricane On The Bayou is a true film worthy of 4 stars. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member This is somethign between documentary and educational movie. Well presented. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member really not sure why so few people know about this. i live in new orleans and while people may know about this issue it is not very talked about and few people are activists for this cause. If your interested in more info check out Mike Tidwell's book "Bayou Farewell". Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member This is basically a brief educational film, and seems more appropriate for grade-school or junior-high kids. It's not much as a piece of entertainment or as a documentary. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member one of the most insulting movies i've ever seen...saving Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray explores the threat to Louisiana's wetlands while celebrating the Cajun way of life.
Greg MacGillivray
Glen Pitre
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Jun 21, 2011
Aspect Ratio
IMAX (1.43:1)
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