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 ... Self (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Julie Chen Moonves ... Self - Reporter (archive footage) (as Julie Chen)
Ray Nagin Ray Nagin ... Self (archive footage)
Brian Nobles Brian Nobles ... Self
Wink Rivers Wink Rivers ... Self
Kimberly Rivers Roberts Kimberly Rivers Roberts ... Self
Scott Roberts ... Self
Larry Sims Larry Sims ... Self - Resident
Shepard Smith ... Self (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:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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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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Soundtracks

Hurricane Waters
Performed by Citizen Cope
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Flipping The Middle Finger To All That Deserve It (and jamming it into the eye socket,all the way to the 3rd knuckle)
11 January 2009 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

Back in 2005, when Kimberly Roberts,a up & coming rapper from the 9th Ward in New Orleans first heard of what was going to be a major hurricane in her neck of the woods,she got her hands on a used video camera from a street hustler,looking to make a quick buck & started to record anything & everything she saw (with the assistance of her husband,Scott). Four days later,her world,as she knew it,drowned in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Documentary film makers Carl Deal & Tia Lessin (who had worked on 'Fahrenheit 9/11',etc.)were in New Orleans,filming all of the mass mayhem & became acquainted with the Roberts' & offered to use their crude,clumsy,kitchen sink video footage as part of their documentary film project. The results of this collaboration is 'Trouble The Water' (the title of a Gospel song that is heard on the soundtrack). This powerful film is cinema verite at it's best. It easily takes it's place among recently released documentaries on Katrina ('Camp Katrina',etc.). This documentary is produced by HBO,which means that it will probably turn up there some time later for those who missed the opportunity to see it in cinemas. No rating,but contains vulgar language & some disturbing sights & sounds.


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Official Sites:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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