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):