Based on a true story, Dana’s Story is the riveting tale of one little girl’s struggle to overcome circumstances beyond her control.
Dana Toussaint was born into a life of privilege; thanks to her father, a Haitian-born immigrant and notorious drug lord. Dana’s mother; a materialistic southern belle from South Louisiana, is consumed by the good life as memories of her upbringing in an East New Orleans housing project become a distant memory. In spite of the similarities between the Haitian and Louisiana Creole cultures, the marriage unravels and the unthinkable occurs when Dana’s father abruptly abandons the family. At the age of 12, Dana becomes the ultimate sacrifice and her mother, a heroin addict, brokers the deal.
Dana comes of age and has to face a number of harsh realities. In lieu of the nurturing and guidance that a child should receive from their mother, Dana is systematically instilled with the fear of poverty and taught to survive by any means necessary–to include using her body. Ultimately, Dana concedes to her fate and allows money to reconcile the differences between right and wrong as she proceeds down the path to self-destruction. Through a series of tragic events, hard lessons learned, and her grandmother’s prayers, Dana eventually overcomes her circumstances and finds redemption.