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Trouble the Water -- An aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband, armed with a video camera, show what survival is all about when they are trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters, and seize a chance for a new beginning.
Trouble the Water -- 'Trouble the Water' tells the story of an aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband, trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters, who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning.

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5 December 2008 (UK) See more »
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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. | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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A documentary for the People, by the People See more (22 total) »

Cast

 
Michael Brown ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

Julie Chen ... Herself - Reporter (archive footage)
Ray Nagin ... Himself (archive footage)
Brian Nobles ... Himself
Wink Rivers ... Himself
Kimberly Rivers Roberts ... Herself

Scott Roberts ... Himself
Larry Sims ... Himself - Resident
Shepard Smith ... Himself (voice) (archive sound)

Harry Smith ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Carl Deal 
Tia Lessin 
 
Produced by
David Alcaro .... executive producer
Amir Bar-Lev .... co-producer
Joslyn Barnes .... executive producer
Lisa Cohen .... imaging producer
Carl Deal .... producer
Jannat Gargi .... imaging producer
Danny Glover .... executive producer
Tia Lessin .... producer
Harold Moss .... consulting producer
Todd Olson .... executive producer
Todd Woody Richman .... co-producer
Maya Sanbar .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Neil Davidge 
Robert del Naja 
 
Cinematography by
PJ Raval 
Kimberly Rivers Roberts 
 
Film Editing by
Todd Woody Richman 
 
Sound Department
Chris Keyland .... sound recordist
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Glenfield Payne .... supervising sound editor
Carlos Valladares .... additional sound recordist
Eric Vierhaus .... sound consultant
Damian Volpe .... sound editor
Paul Yurt .... sound mix engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Deal .... additional camera
Nadia Hallgren .... photographer: second unit
George Ingmire .... additional camera
Francis James .... additional camera
Mikey Reyes .... assistant camera
Wes Turner .... camera assistant
 
Editorial Department
Ron Brower .... colorist
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
Jamal El-Amin .... assistant editor
Craig Gordon .... on-line editor
Luis Ortiz Guillen .... assistant editor
Mary Lampson .... additional editor
Bill Scott .... senior color timer
Teresa Torchiano .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Barry Cole .... music supervisor
Chris Robertson .... music clearance
 
Other crew
James L. Bills .... footage provider
Marc Brown .... digital services
Victoria S. Cook .... production coordinator
Gabriella Anais Deal-Marquez .... production intern
Heather Duthie .... production intern
Derek Fludzinski .... production assistant
Alex Footman .... production intern
Ranko Gak .... high definition conversions
Shawn Hoagland .... titles
Britain Hopkins .... production intern
Alex Knust .... production intern
Lauren Kritzer .... production assistant
David Magdael .... publicist
Orlando Martinez .... production assistant
Sarisa Middleton .... accountant
Julia Morgan .... production associate
Sarah Nolan .... production assistant
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Brian Papish .... post production assistant
Adam J. Segal .... publicist
Steve Sikora .... titles
Anne Stulz .... publicist
Logan Susnick .... high definition conversions
Teresa Torchard .... office coordinator
 
Thanks
Roger Kass .... thanks
 

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90 min | USA:93 min
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Hurricane WatersSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A documentary for the People, by the People, 26 December 2009
Author: Frederick M from Canada

A must-see documentary for anyone interested in the suppression of the poor in the United States. What went down in New Orleans was something even the corporate media had a hard time hiding. FOX News was reporting on Hurricane Katrina and saying the place looked like the 3rd world. The images were startling on the US news, but there was still the undertones of profit. "How will this affect gasoline prices?" Julie Chen asks on the CBS morning show after showing footage of all the homeless blacks.

This is the story as told by the people themselves, not by Anderson Cooper or anyone else. This is how the story should be told because these are the people who lived with it. It's not even a story anyone in uniform could tell because they were part of the problem in New Orleans.

One scene of this documentary allows the locals to narrate how they tried to go to a local Navy base in New Orleans which had been evacuated before the storm. It was empty and it had housing for people which wasn't being used. The National Guard who were protecting the building cocked and loaded M-16s and pointed them at the crowd. Nope, these aren't the stories you hear about on CNN.

You won't hear the story about a man in prison for a misdemeanour before the storm hit either. The television was taken away by the guards before footage of the storm was on the air, when the prisoners finally heard that there was a hurricane outside, they were denied food and most of the guards left.

This is a very good documentary, and an important one because it shows the failings of government. The government doesn't fail everyone, it takes very good care of the rich and businesses, which recovered quicker than anyone else in New Orleans. The government failures are biased towards the poor and visual minorities and this doc. pretty much confirms that thesis.

Four years on and not much has changed in the 9th ward, but the casino is open and the tourism department is showing a flashy video urging people to come to New Orleans. The poor black people aren't around any more, except when they're working for minimum wage. The rest have been displaced from the city where they lived but no longer trust to live in anymore.

Katrina is just one of the legacies of the Bush administration and perhaps a strong indication that the US is a country whose power is in decline. What can you possibly say about a country which won't even help its weakest and most destitute citizen? It sucks.

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