“I only know Wyclef as a musician, so I can only speak of his musicianship,” Lee says during the HBO press session Saturday (Aug. 7) for his HBO documentary “If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.” “Whether he’s a politician, that’s something else.”
“If God …” is the filmmaker’s follow-up to the Emmy-winning “When the Levees Broke.” In the new documentary, Lee makes a correlation between New Orleans and Haiti, even visiting Sean Penn, who’s camping out in Port Au Prince to help relief efforts.
“Sean Penn has put his dues, his time to speak about Haiti,” observes Lee. “He’s been down there from the get-go, he was there three days after the earthquake. “He’s left everything here and has moved to Haiti. And he’s not living in the palace, he’s living in a tent, and I slept three nights there. It’s not like he’s living high on the hog. This is like a tent tent tent. So I respect his opinion.”
is that he’s afraid Jean’s ambition has less to do with aid and
sacrifice and more with “flying around the world and talking to people.”
Lee isn’t opposed to anyone — celebrity or not — who’s willing to
help those in need.
“For me, I don’t see any negativity what Brad Pitt
doing, rebuilding houses for the African American homeowners in the
lower Ninth Ward [in New Orleans],” Lee adds, “He’s doing stuff that
neither the local, state or federal government are doing. He’s building
greenhouses, solar panels, everything.
“I want to commend
President Clinton because he’s been in it too. He went back for the
six-month anniversary [of the Haitian earthquake].”
“If God …” premieres on HBO Aug. 23.
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