Soirée Cinéma

Discover a movie about French Guiana

Join us on Wednesday, April 17th at 6:00 p.m. for a screening of "Papillon", a 2017 French drama film directed by Michael Noer and starring Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam. The movie highlights a bit of the history from the French Guiana, a region where Brianne, our cultural assistant, is from. 

Although the film is not directed by a French filmmaker, it addresses a very French story, the story of the penal colony! The penal colony is a forced labor institution located in French Guiana, where our protagonist Henri Charrière was sent in 1933. This film is part of our initiative to present French Guiana to our audience. Also, save the date  on May 3rd for a wonderful regional evening on French Guiana!

In 1930, Henri Charrière, nicknamed "Papillon Pouce-coupé" ("Butterfly Cut-thumb"), is sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony in French Guiana for murder, while he claims his innocence. He is first sent to the Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni penal colony in 1933 (where he meets Louis Delga), then to Saint-Joseph Island or Devil's Island. Papillon has only one thing on his mind: escape.

The screening will take place at the AFC library and is not recommended for viewers under the age of 16. The film is originally in English, but we will show it in French with English subtitles. Spots are limited, so please register only if you plan to attend. This is a FREE activity exclusively reserved for AFC members.

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