The Movie Deal
Kim agrees to talk to the filmmakers, but before she’ll turn over her unique and harrowing hurricane footage to anyone, she demands wide exposure for her material. She wants the world to know what happened.
Trouble The Water is the fulfillment of Kim’s movie deal.
The documentary chronicles the experiences--during Katrina and aferwards--of the Roberts clan and coterie. In addition to Kimberly, who turns out to be an aspiring and talented rapper performing as Kold Medina, and Scott, her gold-toothed husband who admits to being a reformed drug dealer, we get to know Kim’s relatives who give the couple shelter in their home, and an extended family of Ninth Ward friends and neighbors whom Kim takes under wing--tirelessly, generously, selflessly, unflinchingly helping others to reach solid ground in the inundated post-Katrina world.
Kim doesn’t ask for credit for her good works, but the extent of her heroism is established by an impromptu testimonial from one of the women whom she’s saved.
The Bigger Picture
Most importantly, commentaries from Kim, Scott and their Ninth Ward neighbors bring to the fore the issues of racism and poverty that are too often kept in the background of America’s public debate. Fact is, most of the people we meet in Trouble The Water are still waiting for the relief that‘s been promised. Fact is, they’re all black folk and impoverished. And they, as should we, question--with good reason and justified anger--why white middle class folks haven’t had to wait so long for their neighborhoods to be restored. You get the point.
So too, hopefully, will delegates to the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where Trouble The Water is being screened, along with other documentaries about America’s pressing social and political issues, as part of the Impact Film Festival.
You should make it your business to see Trouble The Water and the other Impact Festival films--not only because they’re great documentaries, but so you’ll know what your legislators know, and you can hold them to their civic responsibilities, good consciences and any promises they make to address the issues raised in the films.