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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.


French Kiss, a review of Reveil-Waking up French

Previous Shows

  • Acadian cultural Center, Waltham, MA
  • Biddeford Library, Biddeford, Maine
  • University of Maine at Farmington
  • Bangor Community College
  • Bowdoin College , Brunswic, Maine -French Department
  • Colloque de L'année francophone internationale Université Lava,l Quebec City
  • Bates College, Department of History ,Lewiston, ME
  •  Dyer Library, Saco, ME
  • Thornton Academy, Bidedeford, ME
  •  University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • Acadian Festival , Madawaska, ME 
  •  Upward Bound Program )
  •  Abbot Library, Jay, Maine
  • Dexter , Maine  Library
  • Woonsocket RI - St Annes Cultural Center
  • Blue Hill Library, Blue Hill, Maine
  • York Community College- Diversity Program
  • University of New England –Women’s Studies and Diversity
  • St. Augustine's Parish Hall, Augusta, ME
  • St. Anthony's Parish Hall, Manchester, NH
  • Bangor Opera House, Bangor, ME
  • Camden Library, Camden Maine
  • University Of Massachusetts, Amherst – French Department
  • The French Library, Boston, MA
  • American Council on Quebec Studies Conference, Quebec
  • Jean Lafitte Center, National Park Service, Lafayette Louisiana
  • Creative Economy Conference, Yale University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Departments of French and Linguistics
  • University of New Hampshire, Study of Community Conference


  • Maine International Film Festival 
  • Atlantic Film festival, Halifax Nova Scotia
  • Camden International film Festival

dvd menu waking up french

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Other News:

  • CBC Canada will present Réveil on its Eastern Canadian Television Network in the Fall of 2005
  • ACA-Association Canado-Americaine, The government of Quebec, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Government of Canada fund the DVD version of Réveil June, 2005
  • The Louisiana Legislature passed a resolution commending Réveil-Waking Up French and filmmaker, Ben Levine for the role of the film in cultural renewal. Fall, 2004
  • Franco-American Hall of Fame inducts filmmaker, Ben Levine: On March 19, before the Maine House of Representatives in Augusta, Maine, Ben Levine became the first non-Franco-American to be initiated into the Franco-American Hall of Fame. "The filmmaker was recognized for his efforts over the past thirty years to document the repression and renaissance of the French culture in New England." March 2003