Relegated to the role of refugees in their own country the moment the levees broke, New Orleans residents Kimberly and Scott Roberts document their harrowing struggle against the forces of nature and the evils of man as they nobly attempt to rebuild their lives amidst one of the greatest natural disasters ever to befall the United States. Kimberly Rivers Roberts is a musician and filmmaker who was living in New Orleans with her husband, Scott, when the force of Hurricane Katrina transformed their once-happy hometown into a waterlogged wasteland. In the aftermath of the disaster, the nightly news was filled with images of looting and chaos. Now, as the masses finally receive the opportunity to witness events from an insider's perspective, it quickly becomes apparent that the rampaging waters were only the beginning of the problem, and that the ineptitude of the government and the media in dealing with the disaster did nearly as much damage to New Orleans as the forces of Mother Nature.
Deleted and Extended Scenes; Conversations with the Directors, Subjects, Film Critic Richard Roeper and Executive Producer Danny Glover; ; Trouble the Water at the 2008 Democratic National Convention; ; U.S. Theatrical Trailer
Disc #1 -- Trouble the Water 1. Live and Direct [9:59] 2. "This Is My Neighborhood" [4:52] 3. Like an Ocean [9:15] 4. Higher Ground [4:47] 5. Wet Nightmare [12:37] 6. Alexandria [11:05] 7. FEMA "limbo land" [4:33] 8. A New Beginning [9:41] 9. "Freedom Exists Somewhere" [2:56] 10. "Amazing" [5:38] 11. Return to France Street [4:03] 12. The Ninth Ward Will Rise [6:19] 13. End Credits/ "Trouble the Waters" [5:07]
Disc #1 -- Trouble the Water Play the Movie Chapters Subtitles English SDH Subtitles: On Subtitles: Off Spanish: On / Off Extras Outtakes Extended Scene: We Lost Our Citizenship Deleted Scene: Brian Returns Deleted Scene: "They Were Stuck" Extended Scene: Return to France Street Play All Q&A Roger Ebert Film Festival New Orleans Community Premiere DNC: Kim Meets Her Mayor Play All Theatrical Trailer
Trouble the Water 4.5 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
The winner at this year's AFI Silverdocs and Full Frame Film Festival, this extraordinary film literally puts you in the eye of the storm known as Katrina using footage taken firsthand by Kimberly Roberts and her husband Scott-who happened to be residents of the ill-fated 9th Ward. The back story is amazing. Carl & Tia (who previously worked with Michael Moore) were filming in Alexandria, La when they happened upon Kim & Scott who had gone there when they were finally able to retreat from the storm. It seems that shortly before the rain and wind hit, Kim had purchased a camera for $20 on the streets of New Orleans and, instead of filming family events, turned her camera onto the devastation about to hit her neighborhood. Although totally unfamiliar with the camera, she managed to capture the harrowing experience that destroyed her community. Its utter rawness actually gives you a "You Are There" account that no poor Weather Channel reporter could ever convey! You are there as the Scotts' camera trains on the untouched neighborhood, on the initial raindrops, on the flooded streets below the attic where they and other folks were huddled, on the desperate 911 call where their pleas for rescue went for naught because no one was able/willing to rescue them, on the destruction of the 9th Ward after the rains had subsided. All along, Kim gives commentary that only adds to the terror of her surroundings. Although the battery power lasted only 30 minutes during the storm, there is enough pre and post hurricane footage to give the audience the full human impact that no one else could ever provide. Interspersed, Carl & Tia have provided the professional footage of the news reports and interviews that everyone across the country were receiving. After the waters had subsided, Kim and her camera walk the deserted streets. You follow Kim as she happens upon a house holding the remains of a homeless man she happened upon, and warned, just hours before the storm hit. And you are witness to the utter abandonment by their Government-especially after over 100,000 residents were unable to evacuate the city before Katrina hit the shores of Louisiana. (Scott remarks that they felt like they weren't U.S. citizens!) You follow them to a deserted Navy base where there are hundreds of unused beds, but, incredibly, they are turned away by sailors with M-16's. (You later learn that these same soldiers received Presidential commendations for their work in the city in the aftermath!) You watch as they are forced to take up residence in their old school-where their bed is made by pushing desks together. You come to realize what it was like to live in the shoes of the survivors that the news reports could never convey. As depressing as all this sounds, the film is ultimately uplifting and hopeful as it speaks volumes on the capability and fortitude of the human spirit. Kim has gone onto a singing career as a rap artist (as Black Kold Madina) and has even started a recording company (Her on screen performance of one song is quite inspiring and three of her songs grace the soundtrack.) Scott felt the need to do meaningful work and has succeeded in helping to rebuild his community-instead, as he says, of making drinks in a French Quarter bar. A small quibble: The filmmakers have correctly supplied subtitles for the heaviest accented New Orleaneans. I had just wished they had used it more as a lot of Kim's narration is indecipherable. Other than that
More than 1 year ago
Trouble the Water is a must see film! I have seen it numerous times and have shared it with friends and family members! The real time footage is breathtaking, the courage and kindness of the people of New Orleans is inspiring and the response of the government is truly eye-opening. You will want to view this film more than once!!! Fabulous!!!
More than 1 year ago
Extremely troubling and reflective not only of what happened during Katrina, but what's going on in neighborhoods across the country. Please see this movie.
More than 1 year ago
"This film is great the best documentary of hurricane Katrina
I have ever seen, thanks to the girl that filmed during the hurricane and
afterwards she did a great job. I wanted to say thanks to HBO for giving her a chance to put this out there, and now it is coming out on DVD this is wonderful. Katrina affected my area also, I live in mobile al; it is films like this that tell the real story. This is a powerful documentary of what really happened thanks to all that had a part in getting this out!"