Desert Bayou There are few places whiter than Salt Lake City, but that didn't prevent a sizable number of African-American New Orleanians from relocating there after Hurricane… Desert Bayou There are few places whiter than Salt Lake City, but that didn't prevent a sizable number of African-American New Orleanians from relocating there after Hurricane… 2007-10-05 Unrated PT90M Documentary Cinema Libre
Movie Review

Desert Bayou (2007)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
UTAH JAZZ Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in Desert Bayou , a doc that explores the culture shockwaves emanating from the relocation of African-Americans displaced by Hurricane…
UTAH JAZZ Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in Desert Bayou, a doc that explores the culture shockwaves emanating from the relocation of African-Americans displaced by Hurricane Katrina to Salt Lake City
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Oct 05, 2007; Rated: Unrated; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Cinema Libre

There are few places whiter than Salt Lake City, but that didn't prevent a sizable number of African-American New Orleanians from relocating there after Hurricane Katrina left them homeless. Director Alex LeMay kicks off this racially charged documentary by relating, with tragicomic verve, how the refugees were welcomed by being placed in a military camp outside of town and subjected to a curfew. But the lengthy and often heartbreaking interview sequences in the second half ultimately reveal a story that is, metaphorically at least, a tad less black-and-white.

Originally posted Oct 03, 2007 Published in issue #958 Oct 12, 2007 Order article reprints