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. As Louisiana is devastated by Hurricane Katrina and Rita and then the BP oil leak, Monique finds herself 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. The film 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.
Sharon Linezo Hong (Director) is of mixed ethnic heritage. Her mother’s family album begins with a photograph of two Native American women from the Florida Everglades. The story passed down is that they were given a horse and a blanket and told to follow the North Star. Seven generations later, Sharon was raised in a small town along Florida’s Gulf Coast. As a young adult, Sharon sold all of her possessions and rode solo on a train to California. Her passions for filmmaking partly came from her experience working as a cooperative member at the Red Vic Movie House in San Francisco, Calif. Years later, Sharon relocated to Cambridge, Mass., where she has studied both film theory and technical training at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. My Louisiana Love is her first full‐length documentary.