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Trouble the Water

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Cobbled together from home footage and TV coverage, this documentary about the devastating effect Hurricane Katrina had on New Orleans is difficult to watch and not just because of the destruction we see. The shaky footage provided by Kimberly Rivers Roberts and her husband Scott is essentially something you might see in a DIY film showing at an underground film festival. Sure, we see how the water rose up to the level of street signs and flooded their entire house to the point that they had to climb up to the top floor. And audiotapes of 911 calls to operators who confess there are no “emergency vehicles available” are really disturbing. But as much as this footage is unique, it pales in comparison to Spike Lee’s elegiac When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, a superb documentary that set a high standard for any film about the tragedy that befell the Crescent City. HH
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