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Documentary Screening: My Louisiana Love by Monique Verdin

  • ACCAD, Sullivant Hall Room 220 1813 North High Street Columbus, OH 43210 (map)

My Louisiana Love follows a young Native American woman, Monique Verdin, as she returns to Southeast Louisiana to reunite with her Houma Indian family. Soon, however, she recognizes that her people’s traditional way of life – fishing, trapping, and hunting the fragile Mississippi Delta wetlands – is threatened by an unceasing cycle of man-made environmental crises.

As Louisiana is devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and then the massive BP oil leak, Monique finds herself increasingly turning to environmental activism. She documents her family´s struggle to stay close to the land despite the cycle of disasters and the rapidly disappearing coastline. Accompanying Monique, the film examines the complex and unequal relationship between the oil industry and the Delta’s indigenous Native American community, revealing in the process how the political and economic policies dictated by the oil industry are wreaking havoc to the Delta environment and the survival of the local indigenous culture.

Verdin will be on hand for a Q & A with the audience.



  • “Best Documentary Film,” 2012 imagineNative Film Festival (Toronto)

  • American Indian Film Festival honoree

  • PBS National Broadcasts, America Re-Framed Series

  • Red Nation Film Festival honoree

  • Monument Valley Film Festival honoree

  • Northwest Film Forum (Seattle) honoree

  • Environmental Film Festival (Washington, DC) honoree

  • National Museum of the American Indian honoree

  • Native Film Festival (Palm Springs, CA) honoree

Visit the My Louisiana Love Facebook page

Earlier Event: March 14
Nature Culture Narrative Performance
Later Event: March 22
Livable Futures Retreat