• Trouble the Water

    2007. USA. Tia Lessin, Carl Deal. 90 min.

Sunday, January 11, 2009, 3:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Trouble the Water

    2007. USA. Directed by Tia Lessin, Carl Deal. This astonishingly powerful documentary, at once horrifying and exhilarating, won this year's Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance. Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, New York filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal flew to Louisiana to make a film about soldiers returning from Iraq who were now homeless. But the National Guard closed off access. Just when the filmmakers were ready to disband their crew, Kim and Scott Roberts, streetwise and indomitable, introduced themselves. Kim had bought a camcorder the day before the hurricane, and using it for the first time, she captured the devastation and its pathetic aftermath, including the selfless rescue of neighbors and the appalling failure of government. The strong center of Trouble The Water, though, are the Robertses themselves who, says Deal, "survived all the storms of their lives not because they were lucky, but because they had intelligence, guts, and the kind of hope that is based in will rather than experience." A Zeitgeist Films release. 90 min.

In the Film exhibition The Contenders, 2008

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