Trouble The Water (2008)

CARL DEAL, TIA LESSIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 2008.  Elsewhere Films.  Cinematography by , .  Produced by Carl Deal, Tia Lessin.  Music by , .  Film Editing by .  

Hurricane Katrina devastates the city of New Orleans, and in the days that follow its citizens struggle to put their lives back together. The days, sadly, become weeks, months and years as the government makes statements about aid to the city that are not actually fulfilled, at least according to the residents interviewed here. This gripping documentary centres particularly on one charismatic woman, a musician and budding filmmaker. She shares the video footage she captured during the actual storm (it’s quite terrifying) before allowing directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin to follow her as she survives the flooding, is evacuated, sets up in a new home outside the city, and then a year later returns to her home. It’s a challenging piece of work with a dramatic story more moving than a melodramatic movie could be: seeing people live in less than third world conditions in the most powerful nation in the world is always an eye-opening experience, and this film is a great example of that tragedy.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Documentary Feature

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