“Holding On to Other Places,” tells three stories of how residents of South Louisiana stay committed to important places in their lives that they cannot visit very often.
Clockwise from top left: Bayou La Loutre, courtesy of Macie Michalik; Excerpt of map of St. Bernard Parish from the U.S. Geological Survey, Public domain; Macie on Bayou La Loutre, Macie's great-grandmother, Betty Phillips, dressed for Mardi Gras in the 1970s, courtesy of the Lapeyrouse family; and "The End of the World Sign" in Lower St. Bernard Parish by Andrew Miloshoff, CC BY-SA 4.0. <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Logo by Alexis Chivatero, audio engineering by Joe Petersen, and introductions read by Nicholas Broussard & Ashten Waldrup.
In Act 1, “Surrounded by Water” Macie Michalik tells the story of still longing for her childhood home in Yscloskey, a small fishing village along Bayou La Loutre, in Lower St. Bernard Parish, which was washed away by Hurricane Katrina.
FEATURED MUSIC: "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," by Otis Redding from The Very Best of Otis Redding (1968), released by Rhino Entertainment and "Hurricane," by The Band of Heathens from Top Hat Clown and the Clapmaster's Son (2011) released by Boh Records.
Clockwise from top left: Suzan Abdel-Aziz with her family in Palestine, courtesy of the Abdel-Aziz family; Al Aqsa carved wooden panel from the 8th century in Rockefeller Museum, Jerusalem by Deror Avi, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons; Suzan's family in Louisiana, courtesy of the Abdel-Aziz family; books in Al Aqsa by Miriam Mezzera from Jerusalem, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons; the center of Ramallah, the West Bank, in 2012 by Anthony Baratier, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons; Al Aqsa, Jerusalem by Gerd Eichmann, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons.
In Act 2, “Muslim American Palestinian Girl,” Suzan Abdel-Aziz shares her family’s journey from Palestine to New York City, and Chalmette, Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Playing soccer becomes a bridge to her new home.
FEATURED MUSIC: "Dammi Falastini" by Mohammed Assaf from Muntasib Alqamah Amshi (2015) released by Worldwide and "London Bridges" by Twenty88 from their self-titled album (2016) released by Getting Out Our Dreams, Incorporated.
Clockwise from top left: Lake Amatitlán in Guatemala, courtesy of the Garcia family; Iglesia de Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango by Lucía García González, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons; Ashley seated on her father's lap surrounded by her cousins in Guatemala City, courtesy of the Garcia family; the Chichicastenango market in Guatemala, by Bruno Rijsman, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons; Ashley Garcia in front of her house in Louisiana, courtesy of the Garcia family.
In our final act, “The Best of Both Worlds in a Spanish-American Journey,” Ashley Garcia shares what it was like to grow up on the Westbank with her Guatemalan family. Although she returned to Guatemala as a young child, after he father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, her family was not able to travel back again.
FEATURED MUSIC: "El Chico del Apartamento 512" by Selena from her album Ones (1994) released by EMI Televisa Music; "Ave Que Emigra" by Gaby Morena from her album Illustrated Songs (2011) released by Paisley Records; and "Tu con Él" by Los Iracundos from their album Los Iracundos: 15 Canciones Favoritas (2003) released by BMG Music.
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