Trouble the Water is a 2008 documentary film produced and directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal. Trouble the Water is a redemptive tale of a couple surviving failed levees, bungling bureaucrats, and their troubled past and a portrait of a community abandoned long before Hurricane Katrina hit, featuring music by Massive Attack, Mary Mary, Citizen Cope, John Lee Hooker, The Roots, Dr. John, and Blackkoldmadina. Trouble the Water is distributed by Zeitgeist Films and premiered in theaters in New York City and Los Angeles on August 22, 2008, followed by a national release in more than 200 theaters. It had its television premiere on HBO and has been rebroadcast on National Geographic Channel and Turner Classic Movies. Trouble the Water is available on DVD.
Kimberly Roberts is a 24-year-old rap hopeful who took some incredible footage just before and during hurricane Katrina.