Films

Anything I Catch: The Handfishing Story

1990 30 mins. Color

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Louisiana filmmaker Pat Mire teams up with cinematographer Charles Bush to capture the natural drama of handfishing in this award-winning documentary. Highly visual, the film examines the thrilling regional phenomenon of Cajuns who wade in murky bayou waters to catch huge catfish and turtles by reaching into hollow logs and stumps with their bare hands. Friends and family accompany the handfishermen to the bayou banks for Cajun music, festive cooking, and storytelling, and to witness this increasingly rare tradition. Told from the inside with multiple voices, Mire explores the chain of events set off by man’s attempt to “improve” his environment by dredging bayous in this remarkable study of the relationship between cultural and natural resources.

This film aired nationally on PBS and the Discovery Channel.