The mini-series “Five Days at Memorial” versus the long-running medical series: another ethic of disaster

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The mini-series follows the caregivers at Memorial Hospital (New Orleans) during and after Hurricane Katrina. The mini-series borrows from disaster films and long-running medical series. Ethically, the miniseries deploys a levelling power (since all the characters are transient for a limited time) but prevents a thorough exploration of the systemic dysfunctions and discriminations that led to the disaster. Between feature film and series, fiction and documentary, doesn’t Five Days at Memorial show the mini-series’ powerlessness to act on the world?