Trouble the Water

Trouble the Water

DVD - 2009
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Incorporating remarkable 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. It's 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 : Zeitgeist Films, [2009]
ISBN: 0795975111836
Branch Call Number: 551.552 T89L
Language Note: In English with optional Spanish subtitles and optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 10, 2019

Produced and directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal in 2008, this 96-minute documenraty takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen.
Amazing and astonishingly powerful!

Feb 25, 2018

Overrated in opening credits. Lots of jerking motion with hand held video camera.
A good look at the devastation and how our government failed from the git go. No plans to bus victims out of the city, lack of food and water.

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.

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.

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.

Jan 08, 2014

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

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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