A group of esteemed New Orleans musicians boat through the ecologically rich swamplands and bayous of Louisiana in HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this picturesque IMAX documentary highlights the importance of Louisiana's shrinking wetlands, which provide vital protection against hurricanes. This point is made all too relevant by the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, an event that caught the filmmakers by surprise, and which the film uniquely captures in both its human and environmental costs. Rich with the vibrant sounds of New Orleans, this timely film features appearances by musicians Allen Toussaint, Tab Benoit, Amanda Shaw, and Chubby Carrier.
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A powerfully moving large format film unlike any other, Hurricane on the Bayou carries audiences behind today's news headlines on a journey deep into the soul-stirring heart of Louisiana - before, during and after the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Narrated by Academy Award®-winning actress Meryl Streep and driven by a rousing jazz, blues and gospel-fueled soundtrack featuring music legends Fats Domino, Aaron Neville, Dr. John and many more, Hurricane on the Bayou is both a haunting document of a storm's human effects and a compelling call to restore Louisiana's wetlands, rebuild New Orleans, and honor the place where America's most vibrant home-grown culture was born. Unfolding against the poignant backdrop of the most costly natural disaster in America's history, MacGillivray Freeman's IMAX® cameras follow a group of four musicians, both legendary and rising, as they explore the electrifying culture of New Orleans: speed through the beautiful, alligator-filled bayous on airboats; recount their heart-wrenching, personal stories of Katrina; and most of all, bring the focus to the rapidly disappearing wetlands that are New Orleans' first line of defense against deadly storms. The wealth, cultural vitality and very future of New Orleans depend on the preservation of these wetlands.