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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 10 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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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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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
The specific nature of tragedy, 5 September 2008
Author: Michael Fargo from San Francisco

It begins as a lark. A video camera is switched on to record an approaching storm. We get to meet the smiling faces of videographers as they laugh and cajole. We on the other hand know what's about to confront them. Or at least we think we do.

This is a magnificent use of home video built in to a rage against poverty and illiteracy and racism. You can blame the victims here all you want, but image after image, scene after scene the plight of being an African American in this country is shoved in their faces...and in ours.

The lives of this family in the Lower 9th Ward are vividly drawn by themselves. When they confront what is outside, i.e., the post-segregation South, we are startled at the condescension, scorn and devaluation of human lives...if your skin is the wrong color.

The people here have no apologies for their lives. They lay it out and I suspect many will resist what struggles they face. But scene after scene, you can't walk away from this film without a better understanding of racism in America.

The stubborn will ask "Why didn't they leave when they were supposed to?" And this film records "How were they supposed to?" and "Where were they going to go?" In the face of it all, those who survive manage here to triumph. While the footage of the disaster is why most people will buy the ticket to see this, it's the struggle to survive, not only Katrina, that will last in the viewer's mind.

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