(Carl Deal, Tia Lessin). 93 minutes. Screens Wednesday (October 29), 6:30 pm and 9:15 pm at the Bloor (506 Bloor West). $12.docsoup.ca. Rating: NNNN
The new season of Doc Soup kicks off tonight at the Bloor with Trouble The Water, which offers a look at the drowning of New Orleans from a harrowing first-person perspective.
Directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin tell their story primarily through the camcorder footage of Kimberly Rivers Roberts, a 9th Ward resident (and aspiring rapper) who was one of the estimated 100,000 people who stayed in the city after the evacuation order was issued.
The directors cut between Roberts's nightmarish footage (which does, as everyone says, look like something out of a Hollywood disaster movie) and their subsequent ride-along with Roberts and her husband, Scott, as the couple return to their devastated neighbourhood a few weeks later. The film is a devastating indictment of the institutional apathy and disorganization that not only led to the unprecedented destruction of an American city, but also guaranteed that New Orleans will be struggling to recover for years to come.