<i>Trouble the Water.</i> 2008. USA. Directed by Tia Lessin, Carl Deal
  • Trouble the Water

    2008. USA. Tia Lessin, Carl Deal. 96 min.

Thursday, June 3, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Trouble the Water

    2008. USA. Directed by Tia Lessin, Carl Deal. This astonishingly powerful documentary, at once horrifying and exhilarating, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance, and was featured in New Directors/New Films 2008. Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, New York filmmakers Lessin and Deal flew to Louisiana to make a film about soldiers returning from Iraq who had become homeless, but the National Guard refused the filmmakers access. Just when they were ready to disband their crew, Kim and Scott Roberts, streetwise and indomitable NOLA residents, introduced themselves. Kim had bought a camcorder the day before the hurricane and, using it for the first time, captured the devastation and its pathetic aftermath, including the selfless rescue of neighbors and the appalling failure of government. The Robertses and their story form the dramatic core of Trouble the Water; as Deal would later remark, they “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 on will rather than experience.” 96 min.

In the Film exhibition Creative Capital

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