submitted by FAC Special Events Coordinator Jo-Ann Belanger
French Adventures is literally an adventure in learning. Each month participants of all ages join together at different locations around the state to learn a few words in French and tour an area learning something new. The goal of this class is to whet the appetites of folks who want to learn a few words in French but not commit to an actual class. Then, all have the option of taking a full class with one our amazing instructors in our language program. There is no enrollment fee and each class is “pay as you go”. Discounted rates apply for FAC members and families.
During Francophonie Day in Concord, NH, on March 13th, we will be screening the film ‘Un rêve américain.’ After the film, there will be a question and answer session with the writer and producer Claude Godbout.
Un Rêve américain
Damien Robitaille, un musicien franco-ontarien, nous fait découvrir l’histoire extraordinaire de milliers de Canadiens français aux quatre coins des États-Unis. Roulant de New York à Los Angeles, en passant par la Nouvelle-Angleterre, le Michigan, le Midwest et l’Ouest mythique, il nous fait revivre les grands épisodes de leur exode. Il déniche cette société paradoxale, presque imaginaire, dissoute dans l’espace américain, mais toujours bien vivante. Grâce aux rencontres attachantes de Damien et aux lieux porteurs de mémoire qu’il parcourt, nous découvrons les multiples facettes d’une diaspora canadienne-française vieille de trois siècles. Elle compte aujourd’hui plus de 11 millions de personnes, soit un plus grand nombre de descendants de Canadiens français que dans l’ensemble du Canada.
Recherche et scénario : Claude Godbout; avec Damien Robitaille; images : François Messier-Rheault; musique originale : Damien Robitaille; montage : Vincent Guignard; Réalisation : Bruno Boulianne ; Production : Claude Godbout, France Choquette, Jean Roy; Eurêka Productions; 92 minutes.
Synopsis – Anglais
An American Dream
Franco-Ontarian musician Damien Robitaille introduces us to the extraordinary history of the millions of people in the United States of French Canadian heritage. Driving from New York to Los Angeles, winding his way through New England, Michigan, the Midwest and the legendary Far West, he brings the milestone events of their exodus to life. He uncovers a paradoxical, almost imaginary society dissolved into American life but still very much alive. During his travels he meets all kinds of engaging people and visits many places steeped in memory, and we begin to understand a multifaceted diaspora three centuries old and more than 11 million strong – more people of French Canadian descent than in all of Canada.
Research and script : Claude Godbout; with Damien Robitaille; photography : François Messier-Rheault; original music: Damien Robitaille; editing : Vincent Guignard; director : Bruno Boulianne ; producers : Claude Godbout, France Choquette, Jean Roy; Eurêka Productions; 92 minutes.
Biographie de Claude Godbout (Français):
Claude Godbout a d’abord été comédien. Durant les années soixante, il est l’assistant de Jean- Pierre Ronfard, au Théâtre de l’Égrégore. En 1964, il interprète le rôle de Claude dans un grand classique de notre cinéma « Le Chat dans le sac de Gilles Groulx ». Par la suite, il est réalisateur (Profession : Écrivain) et co-fondateur des Productions Prisma (Les Ordres de Michel Brault – Cannes 1974 – Prix de la mise en scène – « Les bons débarras » de Francis Mankiewicz- Compétition Berlin 1980).
Il a également été président de l’Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ) en 1972 et 1981 et Président du conseil d’administration de l’Institut Québécois du Cinéma en 1982.
Pendant quatre décennies, il produit de nombreuses séries dramatiques et émissions jeunesses.
Dernièrement, il a œuvré à la grande série Cinéma Québécois. Après avoir réalisé le documentaire « La Génération 101 » en 2008, il signe en 2014 la production et la scénarisation du long métrage documentaire Un rêve américain.
En septembre 2014, il est nommé au conseil d’administration du Fonds Harold Greenberg.
Biography of Claude Godbout (English):
Claude Godbout started his career as an actor. In the sixties, he was the assistant of Jean-Pierre Ronfard at the Théâtre de l’Égrégore. In 1964, Godbout played the role of Claude in one on Québec’s biggest cinematographic classics Le Chat dans le sac de Gilles Groulx (The Cat in Gilles Groulx’s Bag). He is also the director and co-founder of Prisma Productions.
Godbout then became President of the “Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec” (APFTQ) from 1972 to 1981. He was also President of the board of directors of the “Institut Québécois du Cinéma” in 1982.
For four decades, Godbout produced drama series and children’s programs. Recently, he worked on the series Cinéma Québécois (Québec’s Cinema) and, after directing the documentary La Génération 101 (The 101 Generation) in 2008, he produced and scripted the documentary feature film Un rêve américain (An American Dream) in 2014.
As of September 2014, he is a board member of the Harold Greenberg Fund.
Bande annonce (en français) : https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=694997270544660&set=vr.694997270544660&type=2&theater
Page Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/UnReveAmericain
Les dates de la tournée du film en Nouvelle-Angleterre : http://www.international.gouv.qc.ca/fr/boston/activite/16616?Preview=1
#NEfranco : «Un rêve américain» en Nouvelle-Angleterre!: http://www.international.gouv.qc.ca/fr/boston/activite/16616?Preview=1
Friday March 13th, is a special day during The Franco-American Centre’s month-long Francophonie celebration.
At 2:00 p.m. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan will issue a special proclamation recognizing the ongoing importance of French in NH. This event will take place in the Executive Council Chambers at the State House in Concord and is free and open to the public.
Immediately following the Governor’s Proclamation, there will be a reception hosted by the Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation.
At 5:00 p.m., events move to the Red River Theater (11 S. Main St.) The Gilbert Foundation will award prizes and screen the winning videos for the Inaugural “Concours Vidéo de langue française.” This contest called upon high school students to produce a creative, original video responding to the prompt “Why should 21st Century Students Study French?” («Est-ce que les étudiants du 21me siècle ont besoin d’apprendre le français? »)
Following the Concours awards and video screenings, in collaboration with the NH Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, Le Centre de la francophonie des Amériques and the Délégation du Québec à Boston, join us for a special presentation of Un rêve américain (An American Dream). The film documents Damien Robitaille’s journey of discovery, as he traces French-Canadian heritage in the United States.
After the movie, there will be a question and answer session with the writer and producer Claude Godbout.
Check out the trailer (there will be English subtitles for our viewing): https://vimeo.com/83797588
The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation and the Franco-American Centre present the Concours Vidéo de langue française 2015. Winning entries in this French language video contest will be awarded prizes and a showing at the Red River Theatre in Concord, New Hampshire, on March 13, 2015. See our announcement on YouTube and our rules below for how to participate.
Required Forms (print, fill out, and submit according to contest rules)
Content Requirements and Evaluation
1) Entries must demonstrate a response to the following prompt: “Why should 21st Century students study French?”
2) The length of the video must be within 60 to 120 seconds (1-2 minutes)
3) All videos must be in French.
4) There are 2 contest categories: High School and Adult. Please note submission category.
5) Submissions will be evaluated based on the following:
a. Content (including at least 3 documentable facts re: French language or culture)
b. Language use (i.e. vocabulary, pronunciation, diction)
c. Video quality (i.e. technical quality – clear video and audio)
d. Creativity (i.e. interesting/engaging approach to the prompt)
6) Prizes will be presented for each category as follows:
a. One (1) First Place: $ 300.00
b. One (1) Second Place: $ 200.00
c. One (1) Third: $ 100.00
7) Awards will be presented and winning entries will be shown at the Red River Theater in Concord, NH on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. prior to the showing of the film “Un Rêve Américain”.
8) The URL for all video entries must be posted as a comment to the official contest YouTube video.
9) There is no entry fee to participate.
10) The entrants video description must include the following:
a. Entrant’s name
b. School name (for high school submissions)
c. City, state
d. Title of video
11) All portions of the online entry/release form must be completed prior to posting the video to YouTube for your video to be eligible. Forms can be sent to the Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire in two ways:
a. Emailed to [email protected]
b. Sent via US Mail to: Franco-American Centre, 100 Saint Anselm Drive #1798, Davison Hall, Manchester, NH 03102-1310
12) Entries may be posted to YouTube starting on February 9, 2015 at 10 A.M eastern time. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 P.M. eastern time on March 6, 2015. Winner(s) will be announced no later than Thursday, March 6, 2015.
13) No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.
14) No professional assistance is allowed. Entrant’s families and friends may assist with production, but are limited to verbal guidance only. Family and friends are allowed to be actors or cameramen, but not content contributors.
15) Content must comply with all local and national laws of the United States. Content must not 1) promote illegal behavior; 2) support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice; 3) advocate sexual or violent exploitation; 4) violate rights established by law or agreement; 5) invade the privacy of any person; or 6) be otherwise inappropriate as determined by The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation and The Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire
16) The judges’ decision is final.
17) The only compensation for submitting a video is the opportunity to be awarded a prize if the entry wins. Neither The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation nor The Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire will pay filmmakers additional compensation nor be liable to the filmmaker under any circumstances.
18) Entrants grant The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation and The Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire the right to use their names, photographs, statements, quotes, testimonials, and video submissions for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation.
19) Entrants also grant The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation and The Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, and/or display the entrant’s project video without further compensation or notification to the entrant.
20) The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation and The Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire maintain the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, display, or exhibit the project for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes on their website, at conferences, or at any other venues.
21) By accepting the prizes, winners agree to hold The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation and The Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire employees and volunteers harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of use of such prizes. Winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused from participation in the contest or use/redemption of any prize.
22) Entrants agree to be bound by the official contest rules and decisions of the judges.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 603-641-7114 OR VISIT FACNH.COM
Règlements du concours
Critères de contenu et d’évaluation
1) Les soumissions doivent répondre à la question suivante : «Est-ce que les étudiants du 21me siècle ont besoin d’apprendre le français? »
2) La vidéo doit durée entre 60 et 120 secondes (entre 1 et 2 minutes).
3) La vidéo doit être en français.
4) Les 2 catégories sont : étudiants d’école secondaire et adultes.
5) Les critères dévaluation seront :
a) La vidéo doit contenir au moins 3 faits saillants sur la langue française, la culture, etc.
b) Les compétences linguistiques. C.-à-d., le vocabulaire, la prononciation et l’élocution.
c) La qualité de l’audio-visuelle. C.-à-d., la qualité de l’image et du son.
d) La créativité : est-ce que la vidéo est intéressante, que l’approche à la question est engageante?
Attribution des prix
6) Pour chaque catégorie, les prix consistent en :
a) Premier prix de 300$
b) Deuxième prix de 200$
c) Troisième prix de 100$
7) Les lauréats et les vidéos seront dévoilés avant la représentation du film « Un rêve américain » au Red River Theater à Concord au New Hampshire le vendredi 13 mars, 2015 à 17 heures.
POUR PLUS DE RENSEIGNEMENTS, APPELEZ LE 603-641-7114 OU VISITEZ NOTRE SITE WEB FACNH.COM
A PDF copy of the rules can be downloaded here: YT_Contest Rules_rev15_0202_TB_with translation (please note that the deadline has changed to March 6th, 2015)
The YouTube announcement of this contest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBzS9Omo2Tg&feature=youtu.be
extended to 11:59pm on March 6th 2015
The Franco-American Centre’s Mardi Gras Célébration will occur on Tuesday, February 17th from 6–9pm at Milly’s Tavern in Manchester. Live music from Joe Deleault and the Reel Tuckermans will begin at 7pm.
Buy a Mardi Gras Bracelet in support of the Centre to be entered for prizes, raffles and more! Please enjoy half-off appetizers and drinks from 6–7pm.
Laissez les bons temps Rouler!
For more information:
FAC Office: 603.641.7114
Cinéma Français, Printemps 2015 (Spring 2015)
The Franco-American Centre is pleased to announce its Cinéma Français course being offered during Spring Semester 2015. The theme this semester is “Extraordinary Personal Strength.”
Each film is preceded by a brief presentation of key concepts and followed by group discussion of how the film relates to the theme. All films are in French with English subtitles. Presentations and discussions are in English.
DATES: Wednesdays, February 18, March 18, April 15
TIMES: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Dana Center Lecture Hall, Saint Anselm College
REGISTRATION: May be done at door of first class (cash or check, please)
CLASS TUITION (which includes all three films and class discussions) is $15/non-members and $10/FAC members. Saint Anselm College and FAC French students may enroll at no cost.
For more details, call the FAC office at 603-641-7114.
Louis Cyr: L’homme le plus fort du monde (“Louis Cyr: The Strongest Man in the World”)
This moving biopic is the story of Louis Cyr, who at one time was the strongest man in the world. The movie brings Cyr from his early life as a shy French Canadian working in a textile mill to the fame and glory of being renowned as the strongest man in the world. Guest lecturer Robert Perreault will add unique insights to Cyr’s journey.
Le métis de Dieu (“The Jewish Cardinal”)
The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope John Paul II – and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from either group. Guest lecturer Msgr Charles Desruisseaux will provide cultural background.
Un long dimanche de fiançailles (“A Very Long Engagement”)
Mathilde (Audrey Tautou) is told that her fiancé (Gaspard Ulliel) has been killed in World War I. She refuses to believe this, however, and begins trying to find out what actually happened on the battlefield the night he was supposedly killed, enlisting the help of a private investigator. During her search, she stumbles across evidence of the inhumane and morally bankrupt system used by the French to deal with deserters, and hears from other men who were sentenced to extreme punishment.
The Soirée d’Hiver on January 13th was a great success! Photographs of the event are available on our Flickr! site.
Soirée de Noël: A Franco-American Christmas Celebration
The Franco-American Centre will present Soirée de Noël: A Franco-American Christmas Celebration on Tuesday, December 9th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more information about this event that is open to the public, see our Calendar.
Come out to the Manchester Monarchs’ game at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH, on December 27 at 3pm for a chance to win a 50 inch television, see the Stanley Cup, and watch a great hockey game!
It will be Trophies Night where the Stanley Cup and all other trophies won by the Los Angeles Kings during their 2014 playoff run will be exhibited. “All fans in attendance will have the opportunity to take their photo with the Stanley Cup.” Game tickets and raffle tickets can be purchased through the Franco-American Centre. For more information, check our calendar.
The photographs of our La Vie en Clothes event have been posted. Check out our flickr album.
Thanks to C1M Photography, LLC (Amherst, NH) for providing photography for the event and all the sponsors and volunteers (and models!) who helped make this a success
The annual La Fête St.-Jean-Baptiste will be held on Saturday, June 21 at Ste. Marie Parish in Manchester, NH. Bishop Peter Libasci will preside over the 4:00pm mass. Afterwards there will be a dinner and the presentation of the Franco-American of the Year award to Marie Raiche. Entertainment will be provided by the Manchester Community Music School.
Tickets are $35 for member of the Franco-American Centre or $40 for non-members.
To register, contact the Franco-American Centre at (603) 641-7114.
Title: Who and Where Did We Come from: Our Faith, Heraldry, and Tradition – A Franco-American Time Line
Speaker: Kevin C. Roy
Date: Tuesday, May 20 at 7:30pm
Location: The West Wing conference room, New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Saint Anselm College
Kevin C. Roy holds Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Theology from St. John’s Seminary Boston. He is a Deputy Sheriff at the Lowell Community Corrections Center. Since 2011, he has been President of the Franco-American Day Committee in Lowell, Massachusetts. Kevin is married with four children, and has lived in North Billerica, Massachusetts, for 45 years.
His general interests include the French monarchy and its history, French medieval religion, and polyphonic music. His special interests are French-Canadian/Franco-American history, culture, music, and traditional dance, as well as French religious and secular heraldic symbols, and Vexillology (study of the history, symbolism and usage of flags) .
Kevin’s talk will cover topics such as: Are we losing our French-ness? Do we need a better understanding of Je me souviens!, Quebec’s official motto? What do we know about our Franco-American heritage and culture? How did our traditional faith become an integral part of what defines French, French-Canadian, or Franco-American?
To quote Kevin, “What have we ‘known’ all our lives, but never understood or knew its origins? Most of us have probably taken it all for granted. I propose that we say Je me souviendrai! and get back on track.”
Title: Completing the Full Circle: Bretons and Franco-Americans Perpetuating the Future of Their Past
Speaker: C. Wakaba Futamura
Date: Tuesday, March 11 at 7:00pm
Location: New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP), Saint Anselm College
This talk will consist of a comparative study of how Bretons and Franco-Americans are perpetuating their heritage and subsequently completing the full circle: Bretons in preserving their regional language and identity in France and Franco-Americans in maintaining their linguistic, religious, and cultural traditions in New England.
The talk will be given in English.
C. Wakaba Futamura is an Assistant Professor of French at Saint Anselm College. Her research focus is on twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone studies with a special interest in the Maghreb.
On Saturday, February 1st, the Franco-American Centre along with Opera NH would like to invite you to witness a piece of living French history and culture. Carmen originally premiered on March 3, 1875 in Paris, France. Now, seen as one of the most groundbreaking works of all time with its introduction of realism, Carmen has become one of the most widely known and acclaimed operas of all time.
Carmen, sung and written in French, takes place in a small Spanish town in the 19th century. The composer Georges Bizet brings together the elements of lust, jealousy and tragedy through the life of Don Jose who has fallen for a beautiful Gypsy named Carmen.
To purchase tickets contact the Palace Theatre by calling 603-668-5588 or purchase online at