Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I thought the documentary "My Louisiana Love" by Monique Verdin was not only interesting and entertaining, but it was also very educational and really opened my eyes as far as how severe Hurricane Katrina was and the effects it had on Louisiana and its habitants. The documentary was mainly about Verdin and the mental and physical toll the hurricane had on mainly her father, grandmother, and boyfriend, all Lousiana natives living in Louisiana during the hurricane. Her father, a struggling alcoholic, decided to fight the storm and live on his roof for about 9 days with nothing but a few animals and a bottle of tequila. He survived, but died about a year later of liver failure. Her grandmother had to relocate for a while and by the time she got back, not only her home but the any home near hers, was either destroyed or uninhabitable. Her gradmother was able to bounce back and find a new home in Lousiana, and she just celebrated her 97th birthday. Probably the most devestated and affected by Hurricane Katrina, though he did not show it, was Verdin's boyfriend. He did everything he could to help Verdin and her family and you could tell he loved Lousiana more than anything. He ended up becoming depressed and shot himself right next to the Bayou in Lousiana in 2006. The city of New Orleans was able to recover pretty well from the storm food and utility wise, at least until the BP oil spill in April of 2010. This had a massive effect on the gulf of Mexico and southern Louisana, especially on the water near the gulf. The spill caused a shortage of seafood and had a huge effect on anything near the gulf. Most of the people who suffered from Hurricane Katrina or had to relocate that are alive today are doing relatively well and have regained their spirits, those who came back anyway. I learned so many things from watching this documentary, especially the massive effects of Hurricane Katrina, information about the BP oil spill, and the things people are doing to make sure they will be safe in case another natural disaster hits Louisiana any time soon, and what those who live anywhere near the gulf or oil spill are doing to make sure nothing like that ever happens again. Overall, I am very glad I got the opportunity to see this film, it really opened my eyes, and I recommend that anyone who has the chance to see this film should see it.