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Alliance Française in bid to promote French culture

Lerato Matheka

MASERU — In a bid to promote French culture and language, the Alliance Française Maseru is screening French films on Thursday nights.
Camille Perdereau, the director of Alliance Française, told XpressPeople the films will help their students practise speaking French.
“Screening French films does not only help our students practise speaking French but also teaches them about the French culture which many know as a very colourful culture,” she said.
“The sessions were introduced last year and this is Alliance Française’s way of promoting and rolling out French culture.”
She said the films have been welcomed “by a large number of people both expatriates and locals”.
Perdereau said at first people didn’t really pay much attention because the films were screened outside Ouh la la on the big screen and “most of the audience were regulars who were there to enjoy a drink or two, and had no interest in films”.
She added: “But we have to say most people have learnt to appreciate the films and Thursday is now known as ‘Cinema Night’.”
Perdereau said the feature films range from dramatic comedy, thrillers, documentaries and animations.
“We screen all types of decent films which are in French with English subtitles on Thursdays but when we partner with other organisations like the European Union for Europe Day or Sesotho Media for the film festival, films are screened in all languages,” she said.
Perdereau told XpressPeople the film sessions will carry on indefinitely.
“We hope to show the French films for as long as we are the centre for French culture and teaching, so that more and more Basotho can speak French,” she said. Perdereau said the cinema nights are open to members of the public.
“Our objective is to have as many people speaking French and visiting the Alliance Française.
“We now have more and more people talking about this event.
“More people are discussing the different films and are learning new French words and phrases.
“We are confident that we are definitely on the right track in reaching our objective,” she said.

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