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Movie Review: Trouble the Water

Alternate Title: Hurrishame

Story: I thought it appropriate on the third anniversary of the disaster known as Hurricane Katrina to see this must see documentary, produced and directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal. The directors, originally focused their camera on the National Guard for their film, but found the real eye of the storm and the center of their film at a Red Cross shelter north of New Orleans. Her name is Kimberly Roberts. A young 23 year old during the storm, she grabbed her inexpensive video camera and filmed herself, her husband Scott and their many neighbors in the Ninth Ward who were too poor to get out of the City of New Orleans. She is truly a New Orleans Saint.

This is a first person account, with visual testimony to what these poor people went through. The documentary makes its social and political commentary loud and clear by us being able to see what happened to them during the storm but more pointedly what happened to them after the storm.

As Hurricane Gustav roars towards that devastated area I can only think about these faces and hope that they stay out of harm's way this time.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq426VjZD1E

Acting: Not applicable in a documentary.

Trivia: Trouble the Water won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Predilection: I like documentary films.

Critters: An adorable cat and two dogs. Warning to those that have queasy stomachs when it comes to animals in trouble. There are a few fleeting images that you might find disturbing.

Soundtrack: Kimberly is trying to make it as a hip hop singer. Her wonderful 'I am Amazing' is featured in the film as are some very appropriate tunes including the gospel song, Trouble the Water.

Opening Titles: The action opens quickly as she started to flm the day before the storm hit the area.

Visual Art: The visuals are something you are not likely to forget for a long time.

Theater Audience: About a dozen other riveted viewers.

Weather: It was a hurricane - it was very very bad.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: I squirmed often over the plight of these individuals.

Drift Factor: Not for a second.

Tissue Usage: I welled up a few times.

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Soap Box: Do not get me started about how I feel about the way this catastrophe was handled by the Bush administration. Does any one need to recall that phrase "You 're doin' a heckuva job, Brownie".

Big Screen or Rental: Support Indies and see it on the big screen if you can.

Length: 90 minutes