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Bayou La Batre, Alabama is a fishing village that has been the point of entry for generations of immigrants. Their struggles mirror those of the community as it has faced a changing global economy and a series of disasters, both natural and man-made.


HENRY ALEXANDER has spent his life as a shrimper, but finds it hard to continue


HEANG CHUNN lost his first wife and two children in the Vietnam War, and now builds a new life and a Cambodian community









REGINA BENJAMIN runs a non-profit clinic for low income patients before and after she becomes U.S. Surgeon General




regional Emmy winner

In the Path of the Storms was adapted from the book of the same name by Frye Gaillard, Peggy Denniston, and Sheila Hagler. The film was funded in part by grants from the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Auburn University.  It was produced for the University of Alabama Center for Public Television.

Some of the archive footage of Bayou La Batre was taken from On the Bayou, a 1972 film produced by Sam North for the UA Center for Public Television. That film features noted Mobile writer and sculptor Julian Lee Rayford and can be seen in full here.