Thursday, August 14, 2008

Trouble the Water

People really should start getting excited about Trouble the Water, which will play at Canal Place starting in September. It's follows a 9th ward family that actually began filming their own little documentary of the water rising. If you don't see it you hate New Orleans and hate America.

I was actually privileged enough to see a screening of the film at Netroots Nation and will testify that it is incredible. Their work is the real-deal and will almost undoubtedly be nominated for best doc at the Oscars.

When I saw that it was made by the producers of Fahrenheit 911, I was a little bit concerned that our tragedy would nothing more than a Bush-bashing flick. Yet, Tia Lesson and Carl Deal don't do that at all. Reality bashes Bush and they didn't really have to draw and lines of connection or assign responsibility or blame. Instead, we get to see the personal strength of our neighbors in the face of the administration's malicious neglect of our region.

It's a big winner in my eyes, though painful to watch on an emotional level - how could it not be?

2 comments:

Duff said...

Emotional like "One Dead in Attic" emotional? I still can't read more than two are three articles at a time.

a said...

I can't wait. I'll be in Atlanta for Labor Day weekend and considered trying to see the film then, as it opens there that weekend. But then I started thinking about watching it with people from somewhere other than New Orleans, and how I would feel if anyone started making idiotic comments. So, I think I'll wait it out until September when it comes to Canal Place.