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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97bba21c) out of 5 stars 30 reviews
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x979e05b8) out of 5 stars A Must See For All Americans Aug. 27 2011
By Paul A. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Diary From The Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina

Having been a So. Calif. tourist stuck in the Superdome during Katrina and the levee failures I was most interested in seeing this documentary. I was fortunate to attend the screening in New Orleans and Harry was present for a Q & A. While not totally objective, as I was there during the debacle of this unnatural disaster and natural disaster, I still would have found this film as captivating and especially enlightening even if I had been safe at home.

While one may expect some humor with Harry making this movie, you won't find that in this film. What you will find is an eye opening discovery of the links between Congress, the Army Corps of Engineers, Subcontractors, and special interests whose interest are not your safety but rather building water projects that reward contributors, speed, cutting corners, and friends. You will discover the lack of accountability in these projects and the pain which those who are whistle-blowers have to endure to try and protect the 51% of us who live in counties "protected" by Army Corps' projects.

There are many myths surrounding Hurricane Katrina and the death and destruction in New Orleans. Unfortunately too many Americans still attribute that to Katrina the storm, when in fact it was the failed Army Corps of Engineers levees that couldn't survive a Category 3 storm, and the slow response by FEMA that led to most of the deaths and destruction in NOLA. After seeing this film you will be a believer.

Furthermore you will gain a better understanding of how money runs our political systems (in case you weren't already atune to this). This film is a winner because it does what a documentary is supposed to do; providing raw first person footage and first person commentary in a way that elucidates and educates the viewer in a clear manner.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x979ddee8) out of 5 stars Excellent, informative film Aug. 22 2011
By D. Taggart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I wish that everyone would see this film. I am from New Orleans, and the devastation from Hurricane Katrina is beyond what most people can imagine. This film accurately tells the story of the continued ineptitude of the Army Corps of Engineers in regards to the city of New Orleans. It also shows how certain whistleblowers have been penalized for their honesty and integrity concerning the situation.

A lot of people don't understand why we New Orleanians blame the government for Katrina, since it was a "natural" disaster. You will get it after seeing The Big Uneasy.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x979e0198) out of 5 stars Must Be Seen Oct. 11 2011
By AlBx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Without some of the Hollywood fluff, this film should be required viewing in every Civics and Civil Engineering classroom in the U.S. Powerful and well done.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97a060e4) out of 5 stars The Big Uneasy Oct. 9 2011
By RJM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This movie has very convincingly outlined how the city happened to flood during Katrina. It wasn't because Katrina was such a bad storm but it was because so many safeguards to prevent the flooding failed. Mainly; levees that were supposed to protect the city (built by the Army Corps of Engineers. Its about Engineers who trie to find out why the city flooded; did find out why and when they tried to tell people, these same Engineers were treated as whistle blowers and some were relieved of their positions. All those people died because the safeguards that were put in place to protect them were inferior.
I don't know why people aren't more angry about this information !
I'm saying this badly but I wanted to review it anyway.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x979ddc48) out of 5 stars The Big Uneasy and W's Stone Wall of Bias June 7 2012
By SOJOURNER - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a native of the Gulf Crescent, familiar with New Orleans politics and the area. New Orleans was never one of my favorite places, but; it definitely had character and the flavor of the Gulf. What happened there, and has been happening to the people there since Katrina hit, is a travesty that the world has witnessed. This film brings to light only a few of the salient facts about the whole mess. Just get off your political soap box for a minute, and compare what has been done with and to the New Orleans Area with regard to Katrina - look to see where any real help has come from (private agencies, local volunteers, local businesses, and the like) - then compare what Japan has done since the devastating tsunami of March 11th. The contrast is stark and revealing.

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