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Free Film Screening of Trouble the Water

Melnitz Movies presents a free screening of the award-winning documentary, Trouble the Water, followed by discussion with filmmakers.

Thursday, January 15, 2009
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
UCLA James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall 1409
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Documentary  -  96 minutes
Melnitz Movies, the UCLA School of Theater, Film and TV, and the International Documentary Association present a Documentary Salon screening of Trouble the Water.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, this powerful documentary is at once horrifying and exhilarating.  Directed and produced by Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, Trouble the Water takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen.  The film opens the day before the storm makes landfall--just blocks away from the French Quarter.  Kimberley Rivers Roberts, an aspiring rap artist, is turning her new video camera on herself and her 9th Ward neighbors trapped in the city.  As the floodwaters fill their world, Kim and her husband Scott continue to film their harrowing retreat to higher ground and the dramatic rescue of friends and neighbors.  The filmmakers document the couple's return to New Orleans, the devastation of their neighborhood, and the appalling repeated failures of government.  Weaving an insider's view of Katrina, Trouble the Water is a redemptive tale of two unforgettable people who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning.
-  "It's not about a hurricane, It's about America"
-  "Katrina's Still Going On"

Filmmakers in person!   More about Trouble the Water, to see film clips, visit the official film website -  [I found the "Learn What You Can Do" page on the website particularly useful and checked on a few of the organizations doing work in New Orleans - some are accomplishing incredible things, but there's still much to be done.]

Directors-Producers: Tia Lessin, Carl Deal  --  A Zeitgeist Films release
Executive Producers: Joslyn Barnes, Danny Glover, Todd Olson, David Alcaro
Director of Photography: P.J. Raval, Kimberly Roberts
Featuring: Kimberly Rivers Roberts, Scott Roberts
"Wade in the Water" - gospel spiritual
"Wade in the water.
Wade in the water, children.
Wade in the water.
God's gonna trouble the water."

About Melnitz Movies:

  • Movies are shown at the James Bridges Theatre (Melnitz 1409) at UCLA
  • All movies are FREE to UCLA students, staff, and faculty as well as to the general community UNLESS otherwise noted.
  • Free ticket required, one ticket per person.
  • Pick-up your ticket at the theater box office starting at 6:30pm the day of the screening.
  • NO late seating.
  • Films are subject to change, so it's always a good idea to confirm dates/times on the website at

Parking:  Pay-by-space and all-day parking ($9) available in lot 3 for film screenings - for directions, campus map, transportation options to UCLA, visit or

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Cost : Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day ($9) parking available in lot 3.

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Sponsor(s): , UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Melnitz Movies and the UCLA Graduate Student Association, International Documentary Association. Information about non-ASC programming is forwarded for informational purposes and does not necessarily reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies personnel.

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