The French @ UMA (University of Maine at Augusta) club plans to present a documentary film, “The Intersection” (Le Carrefour) from Friday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Sept. 30, via streaming, as well as an in-person screening on Sept. 30.

The film won the Audience Award Best Short at the 2021 Camden International Film Festival, and the Tourmaline Prize at the 2022 Maine International Film Festival.

This film about friendship language, and community was filmed in Maine, focusing on the friendship between Cécile, a Franco-American, and Trésor, a new immigrant from the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a news release from the university.

Directors Jessamine Irwin and Daniel Quintanilla note, “We have no doubt that this film will serve as a catalyst for timely conversations related to immigrant experiences not only in Maine but throughout the U.S.”

Viewers can sign up anytime so they are ready to have streaming access when it opens Sept. 23 at

The in-person screening is set for 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Farber Forum, Jewett Hall, at UMA’s Augusta Campus, 46 University Drive, and at the same time in 105 Eastport Hall on its Bangor campus on Texas Avenue.


The live Q & A will include both campuses and be moderated by Chelsea Ray, professor of French and comparative literature at UMA. The filmmakers and documentary stars will be present for the Q & A.

These events, free and open to the public, are funded by the UMA Cultural Events Committee. Masks are optional, but encouraged.

On the Augusta campus, there will be light refreshments served in the Danforth Gallery after the event.

The schedule is as follows: Introduction are set for 4:30 p.m. followed by the screening of the film at both locations, a Q & A with filmmakers and documentary stars at 5:10 p.m. and light reception in Danforth Gallery (Augusta campus only) will follow.

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