• Trouble the Water (2008)

Trouble the Water

Release Date: August 22nd, 2008

DVD Release Date: August 25th, 2009

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

As Hurricane Katrina raged around them, Scott and Kimberly Rivers Roberts took shelter with some neighbors in their attic in New Orleans' Ninth Ward. Kimberly, an aspiring rapper, brought her video camera and filmed herself, her husband and their friends before and during the devastating storm. This footage is at the heart of Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's documentary about the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, along with the filmmakers' own footage of Kimberly and Scott rebuilding their lives afterwards.

Director: Carl Deal

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Elsewhere Films

Keywords: Transformation, Husband, Wife, Quest, Intense, Sacrifice, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Wall Street Journal

    A deeply moving story of resilience and redemption. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Kimberly's ground-zero home video of the storm is what really makes the film exceptional, although much of it is of such rough quality and execution that it struggles to hold up on the big screen. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The documentary shows outrageous behavior, none more so than when they and many others are directed to a nearby Navy base for refuge. show more

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Nominated Documentary (Feature)