Franco-American Film Series

Franco-American Centre, University of Maine

Come join us for screenings of two documentary films and one video presentation:

EXPULSION: The Story of Acadia
Tuesday, April 3, 9:30 & 12:30 screenings

  • Drawing from the highly acclaimed series, Canada: A People’s History, this one-hour documentary examines the events leading up to the brutal expulsion. Through dramatic re-enactments and interviews with Acadian descendants, it brings to life a human tragedy, one that changed the course of history and established a legacy and culture that lives on to this day.”

FRANCO AMERICANS and WHITE PRIVILEGE: Can white ethnicities exist?
Thursday, April 5, 9:30 & 12:30 screenings

  • Susan Pinette, director of UMaine’s Franco American Studies program, looks at racialized assumptions of white privilege and questions if a space can exist for diverse ethnicities within white skin. Dr. Pinette examines how French Canadian immigrants to 19th-century New England were racialized as the ‘other’ due to their French language and culture, and how succeeding generations of Franco Americans relate to an American concept of whiteness.”

Tuesday, April 10, 9:30 & 12:30 screenings

  • “Réveil is a powerful documentary film that explores the struggle for cultural survival among the French-Canadian, Franco-American communities of New England. The film traces French heritage from immigration from Québec and Acadia, through persecution of Franco-Americans by the Ku Klux Klan, to language loss, to cultural renaissance and heritage preservation. Through their determined loyalty to the French Catholic faith, language, and cultural values, the French of New England continue to discover new ways of renewal and cultural diversity through heritage language reacquisition.”



Lisa Michaud – 581-3789 –

Paige Mitchell – 581-3832 –