FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL is based on events beginning on August 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina appeared in New Orleans. It covers those first 13 days of hell and death in the Memorial Hospital and Life Care Center (Both are housed in one building). 

This film is not easy to watch. Knowing what we learned after and now know, so many mistakes were made. There were missed opportunities to save lives and make a difference. The community, the doctors, nurses, and people in charge were ill-prepared for what was to come. There was no real leadership. Where was FEMA? It is sad because it is evident what horrors are in the days ahead. 

The series is well done with fast-paced dialogue and action. It contains clips and photos from Katrina’s devastating aftermath. The viewer can feel the terror all those people must have felt while living through the storm, the eventual breaking of the levees, and the flooding thereafter. It just broke my heart, but I could not turn away. I wondered what I would have done if faced with all this chaos and power from nature. 

There are five more episodes yet to come for FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL. The first three were only the beginning. It was said, “it only took five days for everything to fall apart.” I will be watching if only to document how seriously we must take climate change. Could you survive a category five hurricane? Planning needs to be created today for our unsure future. 

FIVE DAYS TO MEMORIAL is available to stream on APPLE TV+.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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