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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.

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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 ... Herself - Reporter (archive footage)
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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Documentary

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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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, 22 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$519,981, 5 April 2009
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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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Featured in Treme: Promised Land (2012) See more »

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Hurricane Waters
Performed by Citizen Cope
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They left her behind. They left our mom behind.
7 October 2009 | by lastliberalSee 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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