Houma

Amidst the echoes of genocide, an unprecedented truth commission attempts to heal the wounds of a foster care system devastating Native American families in DAWNLAND. A documentary about cultural survival and stolen children: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans.

My Louisiana Love traces Monique Verdin's quest to find a place in her Native American community--the Houma Nation--as it reels from decades of environmental degradation. Monique must overcome the loss of her house, her father and her partner--and redefine the meaning of home.

Julie Mallozzi is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work explores the fluidity of cultural identity and historical memory.

Monique Michelle Verdin is a native daughter of southeast Louisiana.

Sharon Linezo Hong is of mixed ethnic heritage. Her mother’s family album begins with a photograph of two Native American women from the Florida Everglades.

My Louisiana Love traces a young woman’s quest to find a place in her Native American community as it suffers from decades of environmental degradation. Monique Verdin returns to Southeast Louisiana to reunite with her Houma Indian family. But soon she discovers that her people’s traditional way of life is threatened by a cycle of man-made environmental crises. Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil leak are just the latest disasters in this century-old cycle that is forcing Monique’s clan to adapt in new ways.

At 18-years-old, Monique Verdin (Houma) never intended to make a film for PBS. She wanted to return to her family’s ancestral home in southeastern Louisiana to document and preserve the traditional Houma ways of her grandmother. Upon arrival, events unfurled that would forever change the lives of Verdin, her family and their beloved home. My Louisiana Love is Verdin’s story of love, loss and life in the wetlands of southeastern Louisiana.

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Finally in Post-Production, I can see an end to five years of making my first feature documentary, My Louisiana Love. Now… how will the film help bring forth change for my best friend, co-producer, and main subject, Monique Verdin and her Houma Indian family of southeast Louisiana? With this question hanging over me, I gratefully accepted Vision Maker Media’s invitation to a Media for Change workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 
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