CAMDEN/ROCKLAND — “Le Carrefour (The Intersection)” has been chosen for the Camden International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 16 through 19 in person and through Sept. 26 virtually. The heartfelt and gritty short documentary shines a bright light on the intersection of past and present immigrant realities brought together by French. The documentary received the first ever Maine Heritage Film Grant from TV5Monde and the Points North Institute, as well as a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.

The film tells the story of Cécile, a Franco-American woman in her mid-60s, as she reconnects with the French language and culture of her childhood thanks to Trésor, a Congolese asylum seeker and aspiring actor. The marvel of this unexpected relationship takes place in Cécile’s hometown of Lewiston, Maine. Cécile’s Franco roots tie her to the tens of thousands of French-Canadians who came before her to power the mills of New England, and who suffered from decades of discrimination and oppression. Will history repeat itself for newly arrived Africans as white supremacists rally against their presence here? The friendship of Cécile and Trésor and the developing union of their two communities, black and white, in their rust belt mill town, give hope for a revival of what’s best in America.

Professor and French language advocate Jessamine Irwin, a Maine native, and documentary filmmaker Daniel Quintanilla of Rockland are co-directors of “Le Carrefour (The Intersection).” The film’s title encapsulates the struggle to find pride in being Franco-American and Franco-African in the United States today.

The film will be screened Sunday, Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. It is available virtually from Sept. 16 through 26.

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