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New Orleans Film Society

The Big Uneasy

USA 95 min.

Thursday, October 21, 5:15 p.m.
The Prytania Theatre

Director, Writer
Harry Shearer
Karen Murphy, Christine O'Malley
Director of Photography
Arlene Nelson
Tom Roche


On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the city of New Orleans. The hurricane flooded the levee system, which catastrophically failed.
Eventually 80% of the city and the large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks.

In his feature-length documentary, The Big Uneasy, humorist and New Orleans resident Harry Shearer gets the inside story of a disaster that could have been prevented from the people who were there. Shearer speaks to the investigators who poked through the muck as the water receded and a whistle-blower from the Army Corps of Engineers, revealing that some of the same flawed methods responsible for the levee failure during Katrina are being used to rebuild the system expected to protect New Orleans from future peril.