As part of the local
Water/Ways Smithsonian exhibit project
, the Jeanerette Museum Board and Iberia Parish Library have partnered to present the viewing of the documentary film,
, at 6 p.m. on March 7 at the Jeanerette Library. Conni Castille, the film’s producer and writer, will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion.
King Crawfish we watch the Cajun spirit being poured out on a communal table. A visit to the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival shows everything Cajuns value from their language, music, food, dance and crawfish.
Thousands of pound of crawfish get served at the festival, most coming from the Atchafalaya Basin. But in one small fishing community in the basin, crawfishermen fight to retain their way of life. Are we witnessing the last generation of wild harvest crawfishermen and perhaps the loss of the swamp itself? Find out more in the free film viewing and brief question and answer session with Conni Castille.
Castille currently teaches at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has directed several award winning documentaries on Cajun and Creole culture. Her documentaries include
I Always Do My Collars First,
Raised on Rice and Gravy,
King Crawfish and
This program is suitable for an adult audience and is being held free of charge, however, seating is limited. This program is a part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities made possible through funding from the Walton Family Foundation. This program is also sponsored by the Friends of the Jeanerette Museum and the Friends of the Library.