The stylistic and affecting “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, follows a 6-year-old girl named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), who has an immense imagination that guides her and gives her a sense of purpose in otherwise dire circumstances.

In the course of the film, however, she must come to terms with the fact her small, isolated Louisiana home has been forever altered by a powerful storm -- and that her dying father (Dwight Henry) will soon be leaving her alone in the world.

“ExtraTV.com’s” Kit Bowen had a chance to speak with Henry and the young Wallis. Filmmaker Benh Zeitlin found the two non-actors after an exhaustive search for authentic Louisiana natives, and both Henry, who is a baker by trade, and Wallis explain what the film means to them and how they view Louisiana.

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“Beasts of the Southern Wild” stomps into theaters June 27. Watch the trailer!

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