Waking Up French! Réveil: Documentary Viewing and Community Discussion

Date(s) - 05/24/2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join our friends at the Manchester public library for a viewing of Waking Up French! Réveil: The Repression and Renaissance of the French in New England, followed by a community discussion at 6pm in the Library’s Auditorium.

Learn about the French heritage, immigration history and cultural renewal of New England Franco-Americans. Discover the “universal message to Réveil that applies to both older immigrant groups that suffer the loss of heritage culture and newer groups struggling to preserve their culture as they become new Americans.” This documentary challenges viewers to consider: What is the importance of cultural heritage? Does the loss of language mean a loss of culture?

Waking Up French… website: “The film traces the French heritage beginning with immigration from the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Acadia through persecution by Ku Klux Klan and language loss, to cultural renaissance and heritage preservation.” https://www.wakingupfrench.com.

About the Director: “Ben Levine’s award-winning work expands uses of documentary video from storytelling to engaging both the film and the filmmaking process to motivate social change, address injustice and trauma stories, and revive endangered languages.” Mr. Levine is also the director of Speaking Place, which works to revive native languages and empower social change in communities. For more information, visit https://www.mainemedia.edu/faculty/list/ben-levine/

For questions, call Susan Harmon at 603-624-6550 x7620 or email [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID, we ask that all attendees wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, and maintain a distance of 6 feet from other attendees. To ensure your seat, please sign up!

CONTACT: Sue Harmon 603-624-6550×7620 [email protected]
LOCATION: Manchester City Library Auditorium
There are 43 spaces available.