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Centre de la francophonie

The Centre de la francophonie in collaboration with Speaking Place has just made possible a French version of the documentary Réveil-Waking Up French. You can find it at Stay tuned for a schedule of public screenings.

The Centre de la francophonie des Amériques helps promote and highlight a French-speaking community focused on the future of the French language in the midst of cultural diversity by reinforcing and enriching relations and encouraging give and take among French-speakers and Francophiles in America.

A teacher's guide to the film is now available. It includes historical and cultural background overviews, bibliographies, web sites for further research, and topics and questions to guide use of the film in the classroom. Please see "Copies-Schools and Libraries" for ordering information. The Teacher's Guide was prepared by by Dr. Eileen M. Angelini , Chair, Department of Modern Languages, Canisius College and winner of several prizes for excellence in teaching and promoting French Language and culture.

A review of REVEIL also by Dr. Angelini recently appeared in the The French Review, Vol. 81, No. 4, March 2008, pp 790-791.

Réveil to play daily at the Jean Lafitte National Historical and Preservation Park Layafette, LA

Réveil was presented at Université de La Sorbonne, Paris France, January 30, 2006 with a workshop in documentary filmmaking by Ben Levine.


Réveil evolved as a video dialog within a French community of New England that is almost absent now from public visibility. That dialog began with videotaped audience response to Ben Levine's first film on the French: Si Je comprends bien…( If I really understand) 1980. These dialogs informed the evolution of the film and often became part of it.

The current version of Réveil (I hr 42 min.) is not intended as a general audience television program, but rather as the focus of a community event in which the history, culture, and current issues of the French can become visible again in public. To help support French cultural survival, we are distributing the film as a series of public dialogs using the film both to educate and to stimulate participation in engaging the issues. (See also Art, Culture, and Community Economic Development).

Following the presentation of the film, Ben Levine facilitates an audience dialog aimed at deepening and clarifying our understanding of the cultural themes and choices open to the French, to students and teachers, and the non-French alike. (See also audience response).

We have a sliding fee structure for presentations depending on the size of the audience and the setting.

College and University presentations are often hosted by the French Department, the Student Activities organization, a Diversity Program, or by a consortium of departments interested in the issues.

French cultural organizations, Francophile groups such as l'Alliance Française or civic organizations usually host community presentations.

For more information about fees, arrangements, and booking contact:
Ben Levine a (207) 975-3430 or

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