Trouble the Water
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"'God's gonna trouble the water,' goes the chorus from the African-American spiritual that gives Trouble the Water its title, but no deity is to blame for the tide of bureaucratic bungling and inhumanity the movie reveals."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"You can't help wanting -- and maybe needing -- to read into her indomitable spiritedness something like a reason for hope. For her, for other Katrina survivors, for all of us."
‑ Joe Leydon, Houston Chronicle
"A documentary that changed direction, like a weather front, in the midst of being made."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It's a view of the disaster that no amount of news coverage would ever manage to capture."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Trouble the Water is a truly gobsmacking document, but it's Kimberly Roberts who carries the film."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"The person at the centre emerges as a force of nature unto herself. Meet, and prepare to be inspired by, Kimberly Rivers Roberts."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"It's not quite a Grapes of Wrath for our times, but Trouble the Water does give a voice to people America didn't see or listen to before Katrina."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Timely, relevant, and touching documentary that needs to be seen."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An utterly magnificent film, one that is as hard to forget as it is to ignore. As such, it is destined to live a long life, in peoples' minds and on scholars' shelves."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Trouble The Water tells a fascinating story with some amazing imagery, shot when the floods were at their height, but somehow loses something in the translation."
‑ Simon Jordan, Film4
"Essential, startling and distressing insight into what it was like to be in the eye of the Katrina storm if you were a poor, black resident of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans on Monday August 29 2005."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"More than most documentaries, this mosaiclike movie is made up of many pieces, and it's considerably more than the sum of those parts."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The most affecting footage of Hurricane Katrina ever seen comes from an amateur camcorder bought on the street for twenty bucks."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Intensely gripping footage of the calamitous Hurricane Katrina and the compelling story of survivors Kimberly and Scott Roberts make this a must see documetary."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"The footage - edited and augmented by Michael Moore's collaborators Tia Lessin and Carl Deal - is unpolished, but the stories and commentary are as inspirational as they are harrowing."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
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