DEAR SUN SPOTS: Because I no longer have a desktop computer I don’t need my computer desk anymore. It is in very good condition and I thought that with school starting soon there may be someone who would like to have it. It will have to be picked up at my house in Greene. I also have a monitor and mouse pad to give away. Please contact me at 946-7187 — No name, Greene

ANSWER: That’s so generous of you. I’m sure your computer set-up will find a new home in no time. Let us know what happens!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The documentary “Le Carrefour/The Intersection” will premiere at Camden International Film Festival. Currently in post-production, the heartfelt and gritty documentary “Le Carrefour” shines a bright light on the intersection of past and present immigrant realities brought together by the French. The documentary received the first Maine Heritage Film Grant from TV5Monde and the Points North Institute as well as a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.

“Le Carrefour” has been chosen for the Camden International Film Festival to be held Sept. 16 to 19. The film tells the story of Cécile, a Franco-American woman in her mid-60s, as she reconnects with the French language and culture of her childhood thanks to Trésor, a Congolese asylum-seeker and aspiring actor. The marvel of this unexpected relationship takes place in Cécile’s hometown of Lewiston, Maine.

Cécile’s Franco roots tie her to the tens of thousands of French-Canadians who came before her to power the mills of New England, and who suffered from decades of discrimination and oppression. Will history repeat itself for newly arrived Africans as white supremacists rally against their presence here? The friendship of Cécile and Trésor and the developing union of their two communities, black and white, in their rust belt mill town, give hope for a revival of what’s best in America.

Professor and French language advocate Jessamine Irwin and documentary filmmaker Daniel Quintanilla are co-directors of “Le Carrefour/The Intersection.” The film’s title encapsulates the struggle to find pride in being Franco-American and Franco-African in the U.S. today.

For more information, contact Jessamine Irwin at [email protected] or visit the website at lecarrefourfilm.com.

ANSWER: This information is a follow-up on a Sun Spots request from the filmmaker, Daniel Quintanilla, that was in the column March 16. He was searching for media to use and license from radio emissions in French from Lewiston’s WCOU or WFAU between the dates of 1909 and 1968; articles mentioning Ku Klux Klan activity in Lewiston and the surrounding areas, including the Aug. 10, 1924, cross burning atop David’s Mountain; and archival news articles specifically related to Lewiston’s Franco-American community that included Little Canada, The Grand Trunk Station, Franco-American workers at the various mills, and activities in the Catholic Church/Parishes throughout the city.

It’s thrilling to think that Daniel and his colleagues have created a film of such importance and that it will be part of this festival.

To all readers who helped Daniel with the information he needed, I thank you.

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