“My Louisiana Love” Film Screening
Join us for a film screening of My Louisiana Love on Thursday, Jan. 11th, 6-8pm at All My Relations Arts.
My Louisiana Love traces a young woman’s quest to find a place in her Native American community as it reels from decades of environmental degradation. Monique Verdin returns to Southeast Louisiana to reunite with her Houma Nation family. But soon she sees 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 rounds in this century-old cycle that is forcing Monique’s clan to adapt in new ways. Monique must overcome the loss of her home, her father, and her partner – and redefine the meaning of home.
My Louisiana Love is a film by Sharon Linezo Hong, Mark Krasnoff and & Monique Verdin, directed by Sharon Linezo Hong. Run time: 1h 6m, followed by a live virtual discussion with Monique Verdin. This screening is part of arts programming for our current exhibit, Aabijijiwan / Ukeyat yanalleh.
Monique Verdin is an transdisciplinary artist and storyteller who documents the complex relationship between environment, culture, and climate in southeast Louisiana. She is a citizen of the Houma Nation, director of The Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange and is supporting the Okla Hina Ikhish Holo (People of the Sacred Medicine Trail), a network of Indigenous gardeners, as the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network’s Gulf South food and medicine sovereignty program manager. Monique is co-producer of the documentary My Louisiana Love and her work has been included in a variety of environmentally inspired projects, including Cry You One the multiplatform performance, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, and the collaborative book Return to Yakni Chitto: Houma Migrations.