The English Department will show the 2008 documentary “Trouble the Water” today, Wednesday, Sept. 22, as the first Common Context event of the year.

New for the 2010-2011 academic year, the program is centered around a specific context that has strong contemporary resonance. Common Context has potential to promote interdisciplinary learning and conversation around campus from a variety of cultural, historical and political perspectives.

The theme of this year’s program is “water,” a resource for daily living that has been used as a symbol in literature for centuries and quickly is becoming the epicenter of global politics.

“Trouble the Water” is a 2008 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature. Weaving an insider’s view of Hurricane Katrina with a mix of cinéma vérité and in-your-face filmmaking, “Trouble the Water” is a tale of self-described street hustlers who become heroes – two people who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning.

“Trouble the Water” will be shown from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Room 126, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.