As a lifelong Louisiana resident, I have this unfortunate tendency to gaze right through the inherently amazing. Festivals come and go while Cajun and Zydeco music echoes through my neighborhood on a near daily basis. I’m not immune to it all. Heck, I’m a great dancer. It’s just that I just don’t stop to consider its role in my community all that often.
The truth is ours is a culture worth celebrating — because ours is a culture of celebration. In any other region, our routines would be considered anything but routine. And I’m thankful for every passing reminder of that.
Take, for example, the latest documentary from locals Conni Castille and Allison Bohl. You can view the trailer below.
From the film’s official release: In King Crawfish the Cajun spirit gets poured out on a communal table, even as the wild harvest is diminishing. At the [Breaux Bridge Crawfish] Festival, everything Cajuns value takes to the stage — their language, their music, their food, their dance, and their crawfish. Thousands of pounds of crawfish get served up at the festival, much of it coming from their natural habitat, the Atchafalaya Basin. But, as the film traces the crustacean from festival to Basin, it finds fishermen fighting to retain their way of life in one small fishing community.
Produced by UL Lafayette’s Cinematic Arts Workshop, King Crawfish marks Castille and Bohl’s third Acadiana-centric documentary released since 2007. Previous, well-received offerings included the award-winning I Always Do My Collars First and Raised on Rice & Gravy. Each painted an endearing portrait of the people, places and practices that we all could stand to stop, if only for a moment, to simply admire.
King Crawfish, with a special introduction by National Geographic Explorer Jon Bowermaster, will debut 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Bayou Bijou Theater in the UL Lafayette Student Union, 600 McKinley St. Admission is free. For more information, call (337) 277-5292, or e-mail [email protected]. Check this space for updates to future showings.