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Trouble the Water
Trouble the Water
Actors: Kimberly Rivers Roberts, Scott Roberts
Directors: Tia Lessin, Carl Deal
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2009     1hr 36min

2008 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, this astonishingly powerful film is at once horrifying and exhilarating. Directed and produced by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal (producers, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling fo...  more »


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Actors: Kimberly Rivers Roberts, Scott Roberts
Directors: Tia Lessin, Carl Deal
Creators: Tia Lessin, Carl Deal
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, History
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/25/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Excellent Doc!
Maybird | New York | 06/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Trouble the Water deserves all of the hype surrounding it: Sundance, Gotham Awards, the Academy Awards-- these nominations and wins came for a reason. I saw a free screening of this film in Central Park where the filmmakers, distribution company, and the subjects of the documentary came to promote the film to an audience that normally wouldn't be exposed to independent documentaries. The reception of the film was incredible, and the documentary itself was very moving. It really gives a human face and a closer look at Katrina other than the news footage seen on TV at the time. Zeitgeist films picked up the documentary World Cinema Documentary winner from this year's Sundance and after catching a preview screening I can say that this is a company that knows how to pick its documentaries. Afghan Star, which follows four competitors competing on Afghanistan's Pop Idol competition, is being released in late June. Keep an eye out for this documentary-- the public is finally getting more access to these incredible films that are not only entertaining but also educational!"
Amazing and graceful.
A. L. Smith | memphis, tennessee United States | 04/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Kimberly...God bless you and your family. Thank you for having the courage to speak the truth and be a witness to the facts. Every American should watch this film. The only thing more beautiful than Kimberly's heart are her rhymes. I will be buying your CD as soon as I get paid. May God always smile when He says your name. Peace.


This film is currently being shown on HBO and HBO On Demand. The review is for the HBO airing in April 2009."
Eye-opening and moving doc
B. Singer | 06/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw Trouble the Water at a packed screening a couple months ago. As someone who doesn't know anyone directly affected by Hurricane Katrina, I found the film to be very eye-opening, even though I had already seen Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke." The film includes haunting amateur video from Kim Roberts as she and her husband Scott stay in New Orleans while the hurricane hits. The film's story does not stop with the end of the hurricane. Rather, the storm is just the beginning. Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal follow Kim and Scott on their journey out of New Orleans (and back again), as they share their story, deal with the tragedy and loss caused by the storm, and begin a new life. Kim is the true star the film, a talented aspiring rapper who proves herself as a hero by helping her family, friends, and neighbors, survive the storm and its devastation. I would highly recommend this film to everyone, whether you were affected by Katrina or know little about it."
My lord if this doesn't make us want to change nothing will
S. Fishburn | Fort Collins, Colorado, USA | 08/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I live in Colorado. About a week before Katrina, I visited New Orleans for only the second time in my life, as an absolute tourist, with a daughter and two grandsons, and for the second time fell in love with a city that was so mixed, so mixed up, and so totally unforgettable that it both captured and broke my heart. And that was before Katrina mind you. Watching Trouble the Water, the truest, most REAL documentary I have ever seen (and I've seen alot of them) brought back all the feelings of utter devastation we experienced as we watched the "news" coverage during and after the worst natural AND man-made disaster in our country in my memory. It was a terrible moment in our history and the repercussions continue today for thousands. Hearing the story re-told by Kimberly Roberts brings to mind all the clichés - moving, horrifying, unbelievable, etc. My heart sank as she pulled on the face mask to enter the house in the Lower 9th Ward in search of her uncle. Yes, he was dead. Yes, it was two weeks after the levees broke and no, no "authorities" had been through their neighborhood. Yet her story and personal film footage (yes, she IS essentially a born "journalist", especially evident in her outrageously honest, astute, and poetic lyrics), and that of her friends, neighbors and family transcend cliché, and make hope tangible. And I don't mean to imply she was the only person making an effort above and beyond; Brian, Scott, Larry, and so many others all deserve respect, and also the means to carry on - something way more useful than medals. Kudos to the official "filmmakers" for understanding all of that, and simply keeping the cameras rolling."