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Documentary: Veins in the Gulf

Veins in the Gulf (2010) is a feature-length documentary that traces the history of the environmental crisis of southern Louisiana and the international impact of Cajun culture, which is quickly losing ground.

Photo Martha Serpas by Elizabeth Coffman
Photo by Elizabeth Coffman

Through interviews with fishermen, poets, musicians, and politicians, alongside troubling shots of rapidly disappearing bayous, the film follows Louisiana residents confronting the mortality of their ethos and the scientists trying to slow the inevitable. Poet Martha Serpas guides viewers through what has been a source of great American literature, music, seafood, and oil over the past century. But probably not into the next.

For more information about southern Louisiana’s wetlands and about efforts to prevent coastal erosion, contact the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Project’s website at