CINEMA ON THE BAYOU PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
“LES ACADIENS DE LA DISPERSION” WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES IN CELEBRATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FILM
Cinema on the Bayou will present the World Premiere of LES ACADIENS DE LA DISPERSION with English subtitles in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the film by Acadian filmmaker Léonard Forest on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Vermilionville Performance Center. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film screens at 7:00 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Vermilionville. The film screening is FREE.
A Pre-Screening Dinner will be held at Vermilionville’s La Cuisine de Maman beginning at 5:30 p.m., and is available for a donation to Cinema on the Bayou Film Society of $75 per person. This event includes dinner, drinks (wine or beer), dessert and VIP seating at the film screening. A Pre-Screening Backstage Social will be held behind the stage at the Vermilionville Performance Center and is available for a donation of $25 per person. This event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres in the backstage room beginning at 6:00 p.m., and two complimentary drinks from the bar.
Advance tickets for the two pre-screening events are required and are available at Eventbrite.
LES ACADIENS DE LA DISPERSION premiered in August of 1968 in Moncton, New Brunswick at the Paramount Theater and then screened later that fall in Lafayette, Louisiana. Filmmaker Léonard Forest filmed on location in 1966 and 1967 in France, Louisiana and the French Canadian provinces. He utilized knowledgeable historians of each region as well as subjects of Acadian ancestry to tell the story of the Acadians from the earliest days of colonization. The film was a production of the National Film Board of Canada, and though it has been widely available since its release, it has only been available in French.
In marking the 50th Anniversary of the original release of the film, Cinema on the Bayou has joined forces with Alan and Brenda Broussard and family and friends to add English subtitles to the film in order to make it available to a wider audience. This project was undertaken with the assistance of the National Film Board of Canada and under the guidance of Mr. Forest and his daughter Violaine Forest.