Trouble the Water

Trouble the Water

DVD - 2009
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This documentary takes the viewer inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never seen on screen. Incorporating home footage shot by Kimberly Rivers Roberts -- an aspiring rap artist trapped with her husband in the 9th ward -- directors/producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal weave this insider's view of Katrina with a devastating protrait of the hurricane's aftermath. Trouble the Water takes audiences on a journey that is by turns heart-stopping, infuriating, inspiring and empowering. It is not only about the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, but about the underlying issues that remained when the flood waters receded -- failing public schools, record high levels of incarceration, poverty, structural racism and lack of government accountability.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Zeitgeist Films, [2009], c2008
Branch Call Number: DVD 363.3492 TROUBLE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert ([4] p. : ill.)

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Nursebob
Dec 19, 2014

Nominated for an Academy Award for all the usual reasons, Carl Dean and Tia Lessin’s documentary brings the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina to a very personal level with an uneven mix of professional footage, television bulletins and shaky home movies taken by a young couple who actually rode the storm out in their dripping attic. Definitely in need of some trimming, Trouble the Water often plays more like a rambling inner city reality show than a world class doc, but its straight-up approach and unembellished testimonies manage to keep it afloat, if just barely.

mountainmadness Oct 06, 2014

There is nothing more real than documenting the man made disaster of Katrina with a personal camcorder. A family records before and during Katrina with their personal video device. After Katrina, a videographer or documentary film maker takes over to document the lives of this family as they pick up the pieces and finally return to New Orleans. This documentary is raw and personal. They are the families of the Ninth Ward and this is their story.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 10, 2014

A pretty good documentary portraying the suffering of people, mostly black, in the post-Katrina time, and the resilience of some. It also pointed out the incompetence of the government in providing relief. You have to get used to the use of hand-held camera and grainy images though.

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ameliepeace
Jan 08, 2014

Are the black community still being ignored after Hurricane Katrina? Hope not... God bless America!

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MPL_TEEN_DEPT
Jul 15, 2012

This movie is riveting, mind blowing, amazing. Built around footage of Hurricane Katrina taken by Kimberly Roberts, an aspiring hip hop artist and New Orleans resident who couldn't get out of the city when it was evacuated, the film gives a first-hand view into the storm's devastation. After seeing so much footage taken by outsiders, usually from the vantage point of a helicopter, it is incredible to see and imagine what it would have been like to be in it, and to see some of the long term outcomes. Highly recommended.

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