Saturday, March 27, 2010

Trouble the Water (2008)

Director(s): Carl Deal, Tia Lessin. Cast: Kimberly Rivers Roberts, Scott Roberts. 93 min. Unrated. Documentary.

This handycam-driven documentary on the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina, narrated by a strong-willed black couple who lose their livelihood in the disaster, eventually downgrades itself by playing into a Kanye West "you whites hate us" commentary on living in America - which is what makes its second half boring. There are some mesmerizing moments (e.g. the wife singing a haunting rap into the camera), but if it had stuck to the opening theme of illustrating how black communities struggle in a void of outside help (and had left the judging to us), this documentary could have been a gem.

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