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"Trouble the Water"

August 28, 2008|Kenneth Turan

With her buoyant, naturally dramatic personality, bold, nervy Kim Roberts has the kind of intensely charismatic spirit that documentary directors dream about, and it is her experiences, as well as the home movie footage she shot, that are the making of this particular doc. A winner of Sundance's Grand Jury Prize, "Trouble the Water" looks not only at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina but also offers a keenly dramatic examination of how this country treats the poor and dispossessed. Kim and her husband, Scott, are not exactly babes in the woods, but the magnitude of government incompetence and neglect, the way the citizens of New Orleans were simply abandoned, takes their breath away, as it will yours.

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