LEWISTON – The Franco-American Heritage Center and the French faculty of the romance language department of Bates College have collaborated to present a francophone film series, titled “Grands Voyages,” in February and March.

Four films, preceded with bilingual introductions, will be shown in the renovated heritage enter on Cedar Street.

The films’ connecting theme is migration across the Mediterranean from France to Africa and back.

All films are primarily in French with English subtitles. They are shown Thursdays at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. A discussion, over crêpes, will follow in French and/or English.

The series will begin Thursday, Feb. 7, with the award-winning “Indigènes (Days of Glory),” which tells the story of North African combatants and their participation in World War II, fighting for France. Only after the film’s release in 2006 were these soldiers recognized and remunerated for their participation.

Other films:

• “Outremer (Overseas),” showing Feb. 28, deals with the final drama of Algerian independence through the crumbling personal lives of three sisters born and raised in “French Algeria.”

• “Grand Voyage,” showing March 13, is the story of a North African father’s pilgrimage to Mecca, by car, from southern France to Mecca, with his son as an initially reluctant chauffeur.

• “Imuhar: Une Légende,” showing March 27, is the story of a young boy’s return to Niger where he discovers his father’s nomadic, desert cultural origins following his French mother’s death.

For more information about the film series, call 783-1583 or log on to www.francoamericanheritage.org/.


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