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Spike Lee ‘couldn’t believe’ Katrina's wrath

The director compares the devastation to Hiroshima as he previews his new documentary.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Spike Lee says he wasn’t prepared for the devastation he saw in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

“It looked like what I assume Hiroshima looked like after World War II,” the director for its Aug. 21 issue. He was interviewed about “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,” his upcoming documentary for HBO.

Lee was in Venice for a film festival when Katrina hit, and visited the scene of the devastation a month later.

“I just couldn’t believe this was happening right now in America,” Lee said. “It was one of those moments where you know someone will ask you years from now, ’Where were you when Katrina happened?”’