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2007 Francophonie Festival in Washington DC
Avec entre autres Manuel Wandji et Les Nubians

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Concerts

Manuel Wandji (Cameroon)
Friday, Mar. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
This percussionist, drummer, and singer ushers us into a universe where sounds of the forest intertwine with urban and traditional music of the Cameroon. This creativity yields a unique fusion of world, reggae, Afro-reggae, and Jazz-fusion appreciated worldwide. His infectious rhythms move his audiences to dance on stage during his concerts, which overflow with energy.
Tickets: Gen. Admission, Smithsonian Resident Associate & Alliance Française Members.
Reservations: www.residentassociates.org or 202-357-3030.
Location: Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th & Constitution Ave, NW

La Grande Fête de la Francophonie (International)
Friday, Mar. 23 at 7 p.m.
The highlight event of the Month of the Francophonie, the Grande Fête is a real invitation to travel. More than thirty embassies, governments and institutions will present their cultural and culinary traditions, with live Moroccan music by The Casablanca Band, followed by DJ Tass and dancers.
Tickets: Gen. Admission, VIP tickets.
Reservations: www.francophoniedc.org
Location: Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW.

Les Nubians (Cameroon, France)
Thursday-Friday, Mar. 29-30 at 7:30 p.m.
This’Afropean’ hip hop/R&B duo from Paris is an international sensation. The Grammy nominated sisters combine their African roots with jazzy nuances, funky rhythms and a hint of British soul, delivered in their uniquely elegant French style.
Tickets: Gen. Admission, Smithsonian Resident Associate & Alliance Française Members.
Reservations: www.residentassociates.org or 202-357-3030.
Location: Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th & Constitution Ave, NW.

Cinéma de la Francophonie
Tuesdays, Mar. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 7 p.m.
This series brings to Washington a few of the most innovative films produced around the world in the past few years. All movies are subtitled in English.
Tickets: Gen. Admission, Smithsonian Resident Associate & Alliance Française Members.

Holiday Maker (Czech Republic) – Mar. 6
(2006, by Jiri Vejdelek,, with Anna Polivkova, Eva Holubova and Bob Klepl).
Unexpected friendships develop during a travel tour in this spicy Czech comedy. A motley group of vacationers board a bus heading for the seashore: two young women hoping to find love, a homosexual couple, a thirty-year-old woman and her parents, and a fly by-night singing star are going to meet and discover each other in situations full of surprises!
Freer Gallery, Independence Ave. & 12 St., NW.

Delwende (Burkina Faso) – Mar. 13
(2005, by Pierre Yaméogo, with Blandine Yaméogo, Claire Ilboudo, Celistin Zongo).
In Burkina Faso, age-old customs are often law in a land battling misery and the obligations of tradition. In the countryside, « soul-eating » women are blamed for unexplained deaths because, according to the villagers, of their occult and evil powers.
Hirshhorn Museum, 7th St. & Independence Ave., SW.


La Nuit des Publivores (international) – Mar. 20
Presented around the globe, this compilation of commercials aired on TV channels and movie theaters of more than 60 French-speaking countries, we get a rare insider’s look into their cultures and have a good laugh in the process.
Hirshhorn Museum, 7th St. & Independence Ave., SW.

Away From Her (Canada) – Mar. 27
(2007, by Sarah Polley, with Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent and Olympia Dukakis).
When a middle-aged woman develops a memory-impairing disease that threatens to take her away from her husband and everything she holds dear, her will to fight and desire to live makes her fall in love all over again.
Freer Gallery, Independence Ave. & 12 St., NW.