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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.


Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Michael Brown ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Herself - Reporter (archive footage)
Ray Nagin ...
Himself (archive footage)
Brian Nobles ...
Wink Rivers ...
Larry Sims ...
Himself - Resident
Shepard Smith ...
Himself (voice) (archive sound)


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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Release Date:

5 December 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

As Águas de Katrina  »

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Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,606 (USA) (22 August 2008)


$519,981 (USA) (3 April 2009)

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Did You Know?


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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They left her behind. They left our mom behind.
7 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That this could happen in America is a crime of such a magnitude that no words coming from the Bush administration could ever erase the shame. An amateur rented a camera and her video is supplemented by profession work in this Oscar nominated and Sundance award winning film.

The fact that we had rapid response to the storms that hit Texas afterwards does not negate what happened in Louisiana. This short film brings home the crime that was committed upon this city and it's residents.

Navy personnel aiming M-16s at a crowd of survivors just looking for a warm and dry place to sleep is indicative of the lack of care the government displayed in the aftermath of Katrina. "Get off our property or we're gonna start shooting." Excellent film about some people got their lives together on their own.

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