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Trouble the Water (2008)

Unrated | | Documentary | 5 December 2008 (UK)
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A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning.

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Carl Deal, Tia Lessin
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Brown Michael Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Julie Chen ... Herself - Reporter (archive footage)
Ray Nagin Ray Nagin ... Himself (archive footage)
Brian Nobles Brian Nobles ... Himself
Wink Rivers Wink Rivers ... Himself
Kimberly Rivers Roberts Kimberly Rivers Roberts ... Herself
Scott Roberts ... Himself
Larry Sims Larry Sims ... Himself - Resident
Shepard Smith Shepard Smith ... Himself (voice) (archive sound)
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A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning.

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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

As Águas de Katrina See more »

Filming Locations:

Alexandria, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,606, 22 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$519,981, 5 April 2009
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Elsewhere Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

elderly woman: The water is steady rising in the attic ma'am and I'm gonna drown in the attic.
9/11 dispatcher: Can you break a hole in the attic?
elderly woman: I tried. I broke a chair for it. I cannot pry this wood off this attic ma'am.
9/11 dispatcher: The police are not coming out until the weather conditions get better.
elderly woman: [long pause] So I'm gonna die.
[long pause]
elderly woman: Hello?
9/11 dispatcher: Yes.
elderly woman: I can't get out.
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Hurricane Waters
Performed by Citizen Cope
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stunning, hilarious, one of the most important films in years
8 May 2008 | by moth0See all my reviews

Wow. This is absolutely the best documentary I've seen in years, and hands-down most engaging and relevant piece I have seen on the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. It is outstanding: funny, tragic, sharp and smart. Kim simply steals the show, even she's videotaping and you can't even see her, you can only hear her voice from behind the camera. The film is centered around Kim's footage of the hurricane and her life. She is a gifted storyteller and also quite a good rapper. When I saw the film, the theater burst out into spontaneous applause after she performed one of her songs in its entirety on film; in the Q&A, the directors' said that had happened every single time it's been screened.


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