My Louisiana Love
About This Episode
Journey with young Native American woman and My Louisiana Love filmmaker, Monique Verdin, as she travels to Southeast Louisiana to reunite with her Houma Indian family. Upon her return, she sees that her people’s traditional way of life - fishing, trapping and hunting these fragile wetlands – is threatened by a cycle of man-made environmental crises. As Louisiana is devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the BP oil spill, Monique finds herself turning to environmental activism, and documenting her family’s struggle to stay close to the land despite the cycle of disasters and the rapidly disappearing coastline.
My Louisiana Love looks at the complex and uneven relationship between the oil industry and the indigenous community of the Mississippi Delta. In this intimate documentary portrait, Monique must overcome the loss of her house, her father and her partner – and redefine the meaning of home. Her story is both unique and frighteningly familiar.