Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Trouble the Water

There's some incredible footage in this documentary. A lot of it is culled from footage shot by a couple of Lower Ninth Ward residents as Katrina descended upon New Orleans, during the hurricane, and the eerie silence of the aftermath. I was struck by the brave nonchalance of some of the residents hours before the storm. What the hell else is one to do when you can't get out of harm's way? Absolutely no public transportation was provided for people to leave the city.

This movie got a lot of buzz last year. It was good but not nearly as good as the Spike Lee documentary on Katrina. Granted, that had a much larger scope and many more hours to tell the grander story. This film was quite good in the way that it zeroed in on a few individuals while putting their stories in the larger context of the entire story.

Directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal
2008
HBO

1 comment:

Meggie Cramer said...

I loved this film. Their website is great, too, it provides a lot of links for activism - www.troublethewaterfilm.com.
Also, it should be interesting to see what the DVD looks like, it comes out later this year. The preorder is available now: http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/videocatalog/product_info.php?products_id=150