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Spike Lee films documentary in South Mississippi

By Jessica Bowman – email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Award winning director Spike Lee is making his way along the Gulf Coast this week talking to Mississippians about the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

"Well, we're here in Mississippi and we're shooting my sequel to my documentary 'When the Levees Broke.' The first one we did not really give the state of Mississippi its due, so we're trying to make up," Lee said.

Lee stopped by Gulfport's City Hall Wednesday to talk with former Mayor Brent Warr about his struggles during the hurricane.  As cameras rolled Warr sat in front of City Hall remembering the tragic days as Katrina washed ashore.

"We know that extensive damage was done here," Lee said of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Lee said the first documentary focused on the people from New Orleans. He said he wants the sequel to show what effects Katrina had on other areas of the south, so he chose Gulfport, Biloxi and Long Beach.

He said shooting the documentary has shown him how long it can take a devastated area to come back to life.

"It's just been a confirmation that five years later, people are still struggling, still trying to move back home," Lee said.

After each interview was complete, he had the person hold up an empty frame in front of his or her face. Lee said the picture symbolized all the photographs that person lost during the storm.

But Lee said there is one thing that keeps locals in good spirits this day and time.

"People been uplifted by the victory of the Super Bowl champs New Orleans Saints," Lee said.

Lee said you can expect to see his new documentary on the fifth anniversary of Katrina on HBO.

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