If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to add Trouble the Water to your Netflix queue, or rent it–people still do that, right? It was released on DVD today. I wrote a response/review of the documentary after seeing it at the Black Harvest Film Festival last year. Trouble the Water, which follows the before, during and after Hurricane Katrina experience of ninth ward residents Kimberly Rivers Roberts and her husband, Scott, got nominated for an Academy Award, but I guess a French guy on a wire–voluntarily danger–was a lot more compelling than being reminded of this country’s EPIC FAILURE during the disaster. That shit is a movie-going buzzkill.
The other week, my dissertation writing partner and I were talking about extreme sports. Neither one of us could understand why folks find watching and/or participating in them so much fun, so fascinating. In response to our lackluster feeling about the genre she quipped, “Being black is an extreme sport.” Remembering Trouble the Water, maybe she’s right. Check it out.