America Reframed: My Louisiana Love

America Reframed: My Louisiana Love

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:00pm

Pictured: Monique Verdin 


Explore the unique and frighteningly familiar story of one woman as she reconnects with her family, only to realize the threats they face. 

My Louisiana Love follows a young Native American woman, Monique Verdin, as she returns to Southeast Louisiana to reunite with her Houma Indian family. But soon 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. She documents her family's struggle to stay close to the land despite the cycle of disasters and the rapidly disappearing coastline.

The encore presentation of My Louisiana Love, airing Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10 p.m. on WXXI World, 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.