Trouble the Water

Directed by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (E1Films)

I watched the Hurricane Katrina documentary Trouble the Water the night of Hurricane Bill. On screen, water engulfed houses and stop signs; I gathered flashlights, feeling like a wimp. The doc follows Kimberly Roberts, a street hustler/aspiring rapper left stranded in New Orleans as Katrina hits. Roberts picks up a camera. Through her footage and story, we're shown the mismanaged Katrina debacle in personalized microcosm: Kimberly and her husband scramble to their attic, bond with neighbours, fight for FEMA money and start anew in Tennessee. A lesser film would've ended with that fresh start. This one's better: it acknowledges even new beginnings aren't perfect.

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