A Cajun film, seven years in the making, will premier in Louisiana this month in New Orleans and throughout Acadiana. It is also available on a DVD disk.
In The Story Of The Cajuns – Part I, film makers Brenda Jepson and Dr. Francoise Paradis interview Cajuns from all walks of life – from a shrimp fisherman to a college professor and from a cowboy to an Acadian artist. The film tells the story of how Acadians expelled during the Deportation made the arduous journey, some of them via France, to their new home in Louisiana. It explores the hardships they faced and reveals how they survived and thrived in a climate so different from their ancestral Acadie. The documentary was filmed in France, Canada and Maine.
These stories are woven together with narrative links from a well-loved Cajun musician and storyteller, David Greely, whose lyrical fiddle tunes also grace the sound track of the film. His ancestor, Olivier Theriot, was instrumental in bringing a large contingency of Acadians from France to Louisiana in 1785.
Public viewings are being held now in Louisiana. The schedule and a lot more information about The Story Of The Cajuns may be found at http://crownofmaineproductions.com.
You can watch a short preview of the film at youtube.com/watch?v=H4jPaL4KEsA or click on the video player below: