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Trouble the Water (2008)

Unrated | | Documentary | 5 December 2008 (UK)
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A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning.

Directors:

Carl Deal, Tia Lessin
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Brown Michael Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Julie Chen Moonves ... Herself - Reporter (archive footage) (as Julie Chen)
Ray Nagin Ray Nagin ... Himself (archive footage)
Brian Nobles Brian Nobles ... Himself
Wink Rivers Wink Rivers ... Himself
Kimberly Rivers Roberts Kimberly Rivers Roberts ... Herself
Scott Roberts ... Himself
Larry Sims Larry Sims ... Himself - Resident
Shepard Smith Shepard Smith ... Himself (voice) (archive sound)
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A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning.

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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

As Águas de Katrina See more »

Filming Locations:

Alexandria, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,606, 24 August 2008

Gross USA:

$520,151

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$522,766
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Elsewhere Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

elderly woman: The water is steady rising in the attic ma'am and I'm gonna drown in the attic.
9/11 dispatcher: Can you break a hole in the attic?
elderly woman: I tried. I broke a chair for it. I cannot pry this wood off this attic ma'am.
9/11 dispatcher: The police are not coming out until the weather conditions get better.
elderly woman: [long pause] So I'm gonna die.
[long pause]
elderly woman: Hello?
9/11 dispatcher: Yes.
elderly woman: I can't get out.
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Hurricane Waters
Performed by Citizen Cope
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Trouble the Water... Water over the Bridge
7 October 2009 | by juliankennedy23See all my reviews

Trouble the Water: 8 out of 10: Kimberly Roberts is a 24-year-old rap hopeful who took some incredible footage just before and during hurricane Katrina. Carl Deal and Tia Lessin who came down to Louisiana to film a different project about Katrina and found both her and her footage, they switched gears and this movie was the result.

The most amazing footage is the pre-Katrina scenes. Kimberly knows her neighborhood and is a real person. She asks people what they are going to do about the hurricane her uncle buys another bottle of booze, stumbles home, while a 10-year-old pigtailed niece flashes a gang sign, and declares she is not scared of any water.

While I know that neighborhoods like this exist it is still shocking to see people live like this first hand in America. One of the sad strange truths that ooze out of the film is that Katrina is the best thing that ever happened to Kimberly and her friends. The disaster probably saved her life or at the very least gave her a chance at a new one.

Orphaned at 13 when her mother died of AIDS Kimberly is no shrinking violet and she certainly tells it like it is. While Michael Moore veterans Carl Deal and Tia Lessin add structure and social commentary to the film this is Kimberly’s show. The show is both moving and truly fascinating.


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